Chico State Campus Arboretum
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Chico State Campus Arboretum

Located throughout campus and running along Big Chico Creek, the Chico State Campus Arboretum makes for a beautiful and easy urban “hike.” Discover over 200 species of woody plants and trees from all over the world as you stroll next to Big Chico Creek through campus. From the brown bridge near the Physical Sciences building, follow the bike path trail west, out past the tennis courts and take a left towards the University greenhouses where the path will end at the train tracks. On your return trip, cross one of the many foot bridges crossing the creek to explore more of the campus, including the iconic Kendall Hall and Bell Memorial Union, to get the full college experience.

Key Info

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Trail Length & Type: Around 1.2 miles, out-and-back, but mileage can vary.

Best Used: Accessible year-round.

Dogs: Allowed on leash

Trail Map: CSU Chico Campus Bike (Trail) Map


Follow CA-32 West. Turn right onto Main St. Continue onto the Esplanade. Find parking on Broadway, W. 1st St., W. 2nd St., or Salem St. (There’s a quarters-needed parking garage on Salem between W. 3rd and W. 4th for easily available parking.)

From the roundabout at Salem and W. 1st, walk right and then left onto the walking path between Ayres Hall and the Bidwell Presbyterian Church. You’ll see a large paved bike bridge just slightly ahead and left of the Physical Sciences building. Cross the bridge and turn left to follow the path.

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