Engage your senses by experiencing the variety of environments that Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest has to offer via our trail system. Take a hike into the wilder side and enjoy the natural habitats of creatures you may not find in your backyard.
Gabis Arboretum has nearly just over six miles of trails. All provide plenty of room to comfortably walk or run by yourself, with a canine companion or your family and friends. The trail terrain is mostly grass and mulch. Checkout our Gabis Arboretum Guide to become familiar with the trails. Remember dogs must be on a leash at all times.
The Bluebird trail is the longest at Gabis Arboretum. It begins at the main parking lot and is comprised, in various sections, of mowed grass and mulch.
Cardinal Trail, just under a mile long, can be accessed from Bluebird Trail. Starting at the Railway Garden Depot, head straight out toward our Signature Tree and then turn left.Continue on Bluebird Trail over two bridges, after which you’ll come to a three-way branch in the trail.
The Goldfinch trail, named for American goldfinch found throughout Gabis Arboretum, is the southernmost trail, and leads around a large reforestation area. Once an agricultural field, the area is home to oak and hickory seedlings planted in 1998.
The Heron trail reflects the Little Green and Great Blue Herons found living along its banks. Beginning and ending at the Meyer Pavilion, walkers on this trail circle the Heron Pond and can enjoy the various aspects of small pond life` nestled in the woods.
The Owl trail is named for the owls living in the Heron Pond woodlands. This mulched trail goes through the woods from the Meyer Pavilion to Oak Islands, then east to meet the Bluebird Trail. Along the way you will see wildflowers in spring, a maturing oak/hickory forest, a Buttonbush swamp, and oaks from around the world in Oak Islands. Many trees are labeled on this trail as part of a Tree Walk.
This grassy path around the 28 acre parcel that is a natural habitat for the American Woodcock and Ring-Neck Pheasant. This section of Gabis Arboretum was recently restored and reseeded with prairie grasses and plants these birds require.American Woodcocks are a threatened species because they need the brushy, low growth of young forests; this newly reforested area offers the shelter that they and other ground nesters need.
Pheasant Trail leads out to the recently developed American Woodcock Refuge and Pheasant habitat, located in the easternmost section of the property. Begin your journey at the Depot and head out on the Bluebird Trail about ¼ mile before taking the left fork. Continue to the four-way stop where you’ll need to turn left again until you reach the trail marker for Woodcock Trail.