Plan a Trip to Holden Arboretum’s New Canopy Walk

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If you’re looking for a novel way to gain a perspective in the great outdoors, why not plan a visit to the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. The newly opened Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower offers visitors a birds-eye view of the forest and tree canopy. The Murch Canopy Walk, a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the forest floor, provides a unique perspective on local animals and the forest they call home.

The Kalberer Emergent Tower provides guests with a unique view of the local environment from high above the treetops. The tower climbs to a height of 120 feet, and on a clear day explorers can see all the way to Lake Erie. These exciting opportunities are free for Holden Arboretum members, but is $14 for nonmember adults and $6 for children; the cost includes admission to both the grounds and the structures.

The Holden Arboretum has a wide variety of activities and tours to help you discover all that nature has to offer. Each season brings new opportunities to reconnect with nature, and your family, naturally. Even with a short time to spend at The Holden Arboretum, there’s time to stroll through the Butterfly Garden, see native Ohio wildflowers or discover what’s in bloom in the Display Garden.

If you’ve got time for a longer visit, then follow the trails to the Rhododendron Garden, walk along the shore of Corning Lake or take a peaceful hike through the natural areas on either the Old Valley or Pierson Creek trails. Guided tours are also available, with expert guides to help you make the most of your visit or explore our more remote areas, or use the self-guided smartphone app to explore at your own pace.

Why not celebrate autumn at Holden’s Goblins in the Garden annual celebration for a wicked cool start to the season. On Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4, bring your children (and your furry four-legged children on leashes) in their best costumes for an awesome day of exploring the leaf trails, a cornstalk maze, face- and hand-painting, wagon rides, live entertainment, and of course trick-or-treating. The cost is $10 per car for members, and $20 for nonmembers.

The Holden Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is always free for members; nonmember adult admission is $10, children ages 6 to 18 are $4 each, while children under 5 are admitted free. Seniors 60+ can enter for $5 on Tuesdays. Admission to the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower is free for members; nonmember adults pay $4, while admission for kids (aged 6 to 18) costs $2. Click here for more information.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold