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Who We Are

The WVU Core Arboretum has 3 miles of foot trails, lawns with planted trees and shrubs, old growth forest on hillside and floodplain sites, interpretive signs, trailside benches, a small amphitheater, and an information kiosk.  The Arboretum is located on a 91-acre tract of hillside and bottomland near the WVU Coliseum, between Monongahela Boulevard and the Monongahela River. 

The WVU Core Arboretum is managed by the WVU Department of Biology.  

What We Do

The WVU Core Arboretum is an outdoor facility for education, research, and recreation.  

The WVU Core Arboretum welcomes visitors every day, from dawn to dusk.

The WVU Core Arboretum has a variety of natural habitats in which several hundred species of native WV trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants may be found.  Some of the large trees are likely over 200 years old.  The Arboretum is well known as a superb site to see spring ephemeral wildflowers from late March to early May, and our guided spring wildflower walks are a long-standing tradition.  Varied habitats and riverside location also make the area an excellent site to observe birds and animals.

Free parking for visitors is available at the Arboretum parking lot or the WVU Coliseum parking lot.  Nearby restrooms are in the adjacent WVU Coliseum and the WVU Creative Arts Center, across Monongahela Boulevard.  

Trail maps and other information are available free of charge at the information kiosk near the Arboretum parking lot.