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The Dawes Arboretum

One of the premier public gardens in North America, The Dawes Arboretum has more than 1,800 acres of plant collections, gardens and natural areas. Founded in 1929, Dawes is a travel destination for Licking County, central Ohio and beyond!

Beman and Bertie Dawes founded The Arboretum with the dedication to increase the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world. We continue their dedication through a variety of ways including education, conservation, research and maintaining diverse woody plant collections for the public to enjoy.


The Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Rd.

Newark, Ohio 43056

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Local Number: (740) 323-2355

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Sunday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Special Hours: The grounds are open daily 7am until dusk. A Visitors Center, including a gift shop, Discovery Center, and a bonsai collection is open Monday through Saturday, 8am- 5pm, Sundays and holidays, 1-5pm.







Partner Itineraries

  • Fall Foliage Tour of Licking County
    by Partner Author

    Begin your journey at DAWES ARBORETUM.  This 1700 acre park is home to over 15,000 thousand species of trees and plants.  You may ride in your car along the guided path or enjoy a pleasant walk through multiple trails


    On to the beautiful DAVIS-SHAI HOUSE where you will enjoy delicious lunch along with entertainment and a walking tour of their new Legacy Gardens.



    After lunch head to DEVINE FARMS, where you can navigate the corn maze, paint pumpkins, or take a leisurely stroll on the farm grounds.


    Relax after your long journey  at one of our many unique hotels, lodges, or bed and breakfast. 
    Let the kids play at the in-door CoCo Key Waterpark at Cherry Valley Lodge.  For more over night accommodations go to or call 800-589-8224.

  • Licking County Birding
    by Partner Author

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of birding in Licking County. 

    Start your day off at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. 
    Black Hand Gorge State Nature Preserve is a 970-acre area with both paved and unpaved trails. Blackhand Trail is a 4.26 mile paved wheelchair accessible trail that essentially follows a former railway bed along the south side of the Licking River.  Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, Warblers, Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and many more species can be spotted here.

    Next, drive to Flint Ridge State Memorial. The Loop Trail can be accessed from the Flint Ridge museum. Other trails are also available. Check at Museum for brochure/map. The habitat is mostly mature/second growth woodland.  Some birds of interest are Cerulean, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers and Yellow-throated Vireo.

    After a long day settle in at Cherry Valley Lodge, located in Newark, Ohio.  The lodge is the nation’s only hotel featuring a beautiful arboretum and botanical garden with many chances to view Bluebirds and Purple Martins on the property.  Access to the Licking County Bike Trail is also available at Cherry Valley Lodge.

    Dawes Arboretum is the first stop on day two.  Here you will find an 1,800 acre tree and plant collection, as well as 4.5 miles of paved auto tour and 8.0 miles of mulch/gravel hiking trails on the west or main grounds.  There is a viewing window in the nature center where many winged visitors like to eat and bathe.
    The Hebron State Fish Hatchery is a 230-acre facility acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1982. This hatchery has 63 ponds, 13 indoor rearing troughs, 25 acres of wetlands, and 50 wooded acres with 2.5 miles of nature trails. As one of the Division of Wildlife’s “Watchable Wildlife Areas,” the hatchery attracts bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.  A Self-Guided Tour and trail maps are available in the Administration/Education Building. 

  • Licking County Garden Tour
    by Partner Author

    10:00 am – 11:15 am 
    Velvet Ice Cream Company, home of Historic Ye Olde Mill.  Velvet Ice Cream, Inc. is an ice cream powerhouse.  Producing over 6 million gallons of ice cream a year, distributed in 26 states.  Visit the companies headquarters and take a FREE factory tour.  Also available is a restaurant, ice cream parlour, Ice Cream Museum, milling museum, park, nature trial, viewing gallery and Visitors Center. 
    Contact : Andre Dager 740-892-3921 x223   Group price:  $2.70 a cone
    11:30 am – 1:00
    Have lunch and experience elegance and charm at the Davis Shai House as you enjoy the hands on experience called “Doorknob Garden Accents”. Stroll through the indoor artificial garden setting that includes window scenes, a woodland pond, and miniature village and train for more summer decorating ideas. Your visit will also include the opportunity to enjoy the first summer in the new Legacy Garden.
    Mary Kelley 740-788-8942     $22.00 Per Guest

    1:15 pm – 2:30pm
    The Dawes Arboretum, includes a step on guide led by a naturalists.  The Arboretum includes plant collections, gardens and natural area in over 1800 acres.  See more than 1500 living plants including a Japanese Garden.
    Contact Sharon Hupp 740-323-2355    $100.00 

    2:55 pm – 3:45 pm 
    At Wilsons Garden Center arrange your own potted plant at the creation station and learn some new gardening tips and trends from one of the experts on staff.
    Contact Sharon 877-389-6295     $12.00

    4:15 pm – 5:00 pm 
    Cranberry Bog Tour, Board the Buckeye Lake Queen 40 passenger pontoon boat and dock at the 11 acre island.  Walk on the board walks on the disappearing island and learn about the unique plants and sphagnum mat.
    Contact J-Me Braig 740-929-1998     Cost:  $12.00

  • Licking County Excursions
    by Partner Author

    Spend the day in Licking County shopping and touring our beautiful green space. 

    Start at the Longaberger Homestead with a factory tour, lunch and shopping. (740) 322-5588

    Next travel to Dawes Arboretum and explore over 1,800 acres of plants, gardens, natural areas and wetlands.  A step on guide will lead you through one of North America's premier gardens.  (740) 323-2355

    Finally, take a boat ride to the Ancient Cranberry Bog on Buckeye Lake.  Visit the floating island deposited in Ohio over 14,000 years ago by the Wisconsin Glacier.  You will tour the Buckeye Lake Historical museum and find out why this location is the "Playground of Ohio" (740) 928-1998

    This is a lovely one day trip.  For more information please contact the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (740) 345-8224

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