Situated in the heart of Arlington, Tree Hill Nature Center spans 50 acres of preserved land with walking trails, animals, a hands on children’s museum and various gardens.
Enjoy the Hands On Museum
Start your visit to Tree Hill Nature Center by stopping by the hands on natural history museum. It’s included in your admission and had great exhibits for the kids to explore.
As you start exploring the Tree Hill grounds you’ll notice there are lots of animals that call Tree Hill home. Our favorite is the goats who like to jump around and walk on the bridges over the trail.
There are Lots of Animals
You never know what you might see at Tree Hill. Owls, chickens, goats, alligators and butterflies can all be found at Tree Hill. During your visit you can stay close to the nature center and explore or venture out on one of the many trails.
Tree Hill boasts several trails, many which are paved and perfect for a stroller. Even the unpaved trails are very flat and great for beginner hikers or those who just want a leisurely stroll. It’s one of our favorite Jacksonville hiking spots. Tree Hill can be hot in the summer. Plan to visit in the Fall and Winter, it’s a great place to get outside with the kids.
In addition to the trails and nature center, Tree Hill also offers birthday parties, field trips, guided tour trails and animal encounters. Once a year, in the spring, Tree Hill hosts the Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival which is an amazing community event that culminates with a live butterfly release.
If you visit Tree Hill make sure you bring water and some snacks, there’s also lots of great spots for a picnic lunch. We’d also recommend bug spray and sunscreen if you’re planning to walk the trails or spend time exploring the grounds.