Hoyt Arboretum was founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate the community. It features 12 miles of hiking trails and 187 ridge-top acres. The Hoyt Arboretum consists of more than 6,000 specimens from around the world, including more than 1,400 species. It is easily accessible and meant for everyone to enjoy.
Backstory and Context
It is named after former County commissioner Ralph Warren Hoyt. Some clearing had to take place first, but by 1944 all 40 plant families in Duncan's plan were there. Planting slowed following World War II and has continued ever since. Many plants were damaged during the Columbus Day storm of 1962 and some areas had to be completely cleared again.
There's a visitor's center, tours, walks, special events, children's activities, a library and outdoor classroom and many other educational opportunities. It is also home to a Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was added in the 1980s. There is a database of all the arboretum's plants available to the public.