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Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing at Holden Arboretum

Holden Arboretum

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Welcome to the Holden Arboretum campus of Holden Forests & Gardens. Whether you rent snowshoes at the Corning Visitor Center or bring your own cross-country skis or snowshoes, this information will help you safely enjoy your winter experience- stay warm and have a great time! 

Cross-Country Skiing

  • Trails are accessible during open hours of 9 AM – 5 PM 
  • Please note that the trails are not groomed 
  • Skiers are responsible for their own safety and are advised not to ski alone (always bring a buddy!)  
  • As a safety precaution, sign in and out at the Corning Visitor Center 
  • Skis are not permitted inside Arboretum buildings 
  • Stay on the posted ski trails; avoid main trails through the gardens  
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Pick up a ski trail map at the Visitor Center or print one out before your visit.


  • Snowshoers may traverse any snow-covered trails or fields 
  • Suggested beginner’ trail: Blueberry Pond Loop  
  • For those who want a challenging hike: Corning Lake Loop or Layer Rhododendron Garden 
  • Stay away from the garden beds and bodies of water, as both may be harder to spot when snow-covered 
  • To keep trails safe for skiers, avoid walking on ski trails  
  • Avoid walking on non-snow surfaces as exposed concrete 
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Rental rates are based on two hours of use, and are $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (ages 3-12). Please return rentals to guest services staff by 4:45pm, regardless of check-out time.

Available snowshoe sized are based on weight. The manufacturer recommends the following ranges, though size can be somewhat flexible.

  • Kids: 40-90 lbs
  • Small: 80-150 lbs
  • Medium: 120-200 lbs
  • Large: 170-250 lbs

Next time you go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at the Holden Arboretum, take along your camera to get some photos of all the wonderful plants, trees, and birds you see! Be sure to tag us on social media using the hashtag #holdenphotoshow

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