Viles Arboretum is a free, easily accessible, botanical garden that is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The space includes six miles of trails, dozens of plant collections, and a sculpture exhibit (all marked and signed), on 224 acres. Trail maps are available at the trail head kiosk and on our website. Dogs are allowed on the trails, on a leash at all times. Pet owners must pick up after their dogs.
The Visitor Center is open 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Wednesday thru Saturday. The Gift Shop offers books, posters, bird feeders, and other items. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.
Check out our website and Facebook page for the latest events, classes and programs being offered at the Arboretum.
We also offer a variety of indoor and outdoor rental spaces for your next meeting, conference, celebration, gathering, or wedding.
Viles Arboretum's preserved land, interpretive materials, exhibits, programs & events, and our trail system are designed for people of all ages to provide opportunities for education, recreation, and inspiration. The Arboretum is a private non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, donations and gifts.
The Viles Arboretum Mission is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of trees and other plants from around the world as well as plants and animals native to the State of Maine. Our preserve land, interpretive materials, exhibits, programs & events, and our trail system are designed for people of all ages to provide opportunities for education, recreation, and inspiration.
The grounds and trails at Viles Arboretum are opened seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset.
The Visitor Center is open 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Wednesday thru Saturday.
DIRECTIONS to the Viles Arboretum
153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine
From I-95 North: Take the new Augusta/Belfast Exit # 113. Proceed east straight through traffic light and over the new bridge crossing the Kennebec River. After the bridge, at the traffic light, turn right onto Route 201 South. Follow directions below from Routes 201, 202 - East bank of the Kennebec River.
From 1-95 South: Take the Augusta-Winthrop-202 Exit # 109 (Western Avenue); head east towards Augusta on Western Avenue to the rotary. Go 180 degrees around rotary to the 2nd exit. Go over the Memorial Bridge crossing the Kennebec. At the next rotary, take the first, immediate exit onto Stone Street. Follow Stone Street though the lights (now Hospital Street). The turn to the Arboretum's Visitors Center is approximately 0.7 mile past the lights on the left.
From Gardiner: Follow Route 201 North to the light at the Gardiner Bridge. Go across the bridge into Randolph. Turn left at the light. (Follow directions below from Randolph.
From Randolph: Follow Route 9 East towards Augusta. The turn for the Arboretum's Visitors Center is on the right hand side about 5 miles from the intersection of Routes 126, 27, and 9.
From Routes 201, 202, (from the East bank of the Kennebec River): Follow signs to Augusta. Take the 3rd exit off the Cony Rotary onto Stone Street (Route 9). Go up hill and straight through the traffic lights. The turn to the Arboretum's Visitors Center is approximately 0.7 mile past the lights on the left.
From Belgrade Lakes Area: Follow Route 27, approximately 2 miles past the Civic Center. Turn left onto Bond Street at the Cumberland Farms on the left. Turn right at the end of Bond Street. Turn left at the lights (1/4 mile) and cross the Kennebec River on the Father Curran Bridge. Go up the hill to the rotary. Go 1/2 way around the rotary to the 2nd exit. Follow Stone Street through the traffic lights (approximately 1/2 mile). The turn to the Arboretum's Visitors Center is about 0.7 mile up on the left.
From Route 17: Follow Route 17 west to the traffic lights at the intersection of Stone and Hospital Streets, (where Route 17 turns right). Turn left at the traffic light onto Hospital Street. Stay on Hospital Street and the turn to the Arboretum's Visitors Center is approximately 0.7 mile up on the left.