The Northland Arboretum is a must-see destination for visitors and residents of the Brainerd Lakes area. No matter the season, our hiking trails (~12 miles) and Visitor Center provide an opportunity for you to learn and connect with nature.
The Northland Arboretum encompasses over 400 acres in the heart of Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota. Our member-supported, non-profit organization was founded with the closure of the Brainerd Landfill in 1972. The 40-acre landfill site now supports a prairie restoration project that is full of native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees that support wildlife. The Nature Conservancy also owns nearly 200 acres within the Arboretum.
One feature of the Northland Arboretum is Whisky Creek. The Whiskey Creek watershed drains the urban/big box area of Baxter along Highway 371 and the mall area south of the Arboretum. Whisky Creek makes its way from the west to the east through the southside of the Arboretum to a wetland on the east of the Arboretum. The wetland then drains south into the Mississippi River. Baxter is working on improving the discharge of stormwater from the urban/Highway 371 area and thus improving the water quality of the creek.
This view of Whiskey Creek is just SE of the main visitor center and looking NE. We hope that you will participate in documenting the seasons and condition of Whiskey Creek when you visit the Arboretum. Check out the map showing the location of the Chronolog and other features of the Northland Arboretum.
We are a member-supported nonprofit organization aimed at connecting our community to nature and protecting our natural environment. We are conveniently located in the middle of Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota with plenty of natural space to explore. Make sure you set aside time to wander our expansive trail system and beautiful gardens. You won't be disappointed.