About WVU Core Arboretum

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 is located on a 91-acre tract of hillside and bottomland near the WVU Coliseum, between Monongahela Boulevard and the Monongahela River. The 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. Bicycling is only allowed on the Service Road, which connects Monongahela Boulevard, the WVU Coliseum parking lot, and WVU Evansdale Campus to the Caperton Rail-Trail.  

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.

The trails along the river are about 200 feet lower in elevation than those at the top of the WVU Core Arboretum. Generally, trails running parallel to the river are not very steep, and those running perpendicular to the river are steep, or at least have steep sections (indicated on the trail map). The Guthrie Loop is fairly level, and it is close to the parking lot. The Strausbaugh Trail is another mostly gentle option at the top of the hill. The Service Road is the easiest way to access the lower trails between the Caperton Rail-Trail and the river. The Caperton Rail-Trail passes through the Arboretum, linking visitors to a large, far-reaching, and growing rail-trail system.  

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

Groups interested in using the Arboretum should contact Zach Fowler, WVU Core Arboretum Director:  zfowler@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-0387.

The WVU Core Arboretum is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WVU Core Arboretum Brochure (pdf)