9 Secret Locations in Virginia

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6) Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Situated on the campus of the James Madison University, this serene woodland sanctuary in the heart of Harrisonburg reflects the long-term collaboration between public and private sectors. United in a quest to provide a place where natural flora and fauna can flourish, their efforts have resulted in a sanctuary where the visitor gets unparalleled access to Virginia’s indigenous plants and wildlife. The woodlands are used to conduct studies aimed at understanding how local eco-systems work; and visitors can learn about the abundant wildlife and plants through various educational events and tours that are provided. You can walk through the peaceful paths of the Oak-Hickory Forest; or, in the spring, experience the beauty of the April Walk garden as it blooms with hundreds and hundreds of daffodils. There is also the Labyrinth, where you can sit and reflect in the stillness of the forest. Entry is free, and the grounds are open 365 days a year.

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