An extensive collection of Louisiana trees and shrubs cultivated on 14 beautiful acres. Visitors can wander across 20-foot ravines on the old footbridge in the tranquil Cathedral where tree canopies form a green protective room. Hilltop was donated to LSU with the intent that it remains a model of the natural landscape and continues its traditional use as an outdoor laboratory for students and the community.
You are invited to cross the old footbridge overlooking a twenty foot deep ravine and wander into the tranquil “cathedral”, where tree canopies form a green protective room. Discover the bamboo grove where you can sit and listen to the wind in the trees.
In the meadow, tall grasses and colorful autumn wildflowers shimmer in the bright Louisiana sunlight. The visitor to LSU Hilltop Arboretum will find not only a place of learning, but a quiet place, far removed from the pressures of life; a place of solace and contemplation.
The Arboretum is open to the public free of charge, seven days a week during daylight hours (from dawn to dusk).