1.0 Mile / 1.6 km
Time to Hike:
~30 minutes
Surface Type:
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Ann Arbor Charter Township, Michigan
42.299932, -83.661706
September 25, 2022
October 26, 2022
30 '

Total Change
37 '

43 '


The Sam Graham Trees Trail at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan is an easy 1-mile one-way hike that features a grove of labeled trees and a nice walk alongside Fleming Creek.

Hike Description
This hike begins along the northeast corner of the Sue Reichert Discovery Trail, located adjacent to the entrance road, and heads northwest through the Sam Graham Trees.

Sam Graham Trees - Mile 0 to 0.25
From the trailhead through mile 0.25, hikers will pass by dozens of different species of trees. Almost all of them have labels, though, some trees are a bit difficult to identify if the trees are bare of leaves.

Pine-Aspen Loop - Mile 0.25 to 0.5
After passing through the loop of the Sam Graham Trees, hikers will cross the road to continue following the trail as it leads through a mostly-open field, through the Pine-Aspen Loop. This track heads in a clockwise direction which leads through a grove of Bigtooth Aspen trees. The track then doubles back to map the trail's loop and then exits the field as it slowly goes back into a more timber-filled forest before reaching Fleming Creek.

Fleming Creek Walk - Mile 0.6 to 0.9
From miles 0.6 to mile 0.9, hikers will walk adjacent to Fleming Creek, which provides some scenic views of the creek as it meanders through the forest. Along the way are a couple of wooden viewing platforms to see the creek and there's a trail information kiosk close to mile 0.9.

Keeping right, after the information kiosk / hut, will send hikers out to the southern trailhead, which exists the trail right at the main parking lot.

Parking & Fees
Hikers will find parking at the coordinates provided at the main lot for the Matthaei Botanical Garden. There's a small fee of $5 for the day or $1.50/hour to park - rates may change, please check their website before visiting. Note that there are technically no fees to walk the grounds or enter the botanical garden.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails at the Matthaei Botanical Garden.

Water Source
The botanical garden has a free water fountain inside the main building that hikers can use to refill their water bottles.

There are restrooms inside the botanical garden's main building.

Rattlesnakes: This area is known to inhabit rattlesnakes. They tend to sun themselves on trails, rocky spots, or bare areas with gravel or rocks. These rattlesnakes could be anywhere during warm months (April - October), so be on the lookout and give any rattlers you find plenty of space.

Explore 6 trails near Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI
  1. Parking

    42.299932, -83.661706
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.301409, -83.661914
  3. View of Fleming Creek

    42.303939, -83.660217
    View of Fleming Creek
  4. Fleming Creek viewing platform

    42.300647, -83.659875
    Fleming Creek viewing platform
  5. Trail kiosk / hut

    42.300189, -83.660119
    Trail kiosk / hut
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1.0 mile / 1.6 km
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September 25, 2022
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September 23, 2022
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October 26, 2022
1.0 mile / 1.6 km
September 23, 2022

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