Hudson Tree Treks
Cultivate the Arborist in you by taking a stroll along one (or all 5) of Hudson’s Tree Treks, located throughout the city. A Tree Trek is a self-guided tour, a path that leads the visitor through a park or along neighborhood streets, stopping at each different tree species.
By each Trek Tree is a flat post (see photo) with information about that tree species: its common and scientific name, size at maturity, common traits and unique botanical or historic facts about the tree.
Each post has a unique QR code to scan, linking to a database with more detailed descriptions and pictures.
Tree Lists and Maps
Below are brief descriptions of each Tree Trek with its address, if it has one, and a link to both a list of trees and a geo-referenced map for each Trek that can be downloaded to any mobile device.
Lakefront Park Tree Trek
This Trek goes from Picnic Point, south of Buckeye St. and the Boat Dock, along the shore of Lake St. Croix, up and onto the trail north of the Beach House, near Vine St. As a floodplain park, most of thee trees are at home in river bottoms and along lakeshores.
Vine Street Tree Trek
A linear Trek, running from 1st St. by the library and the Phipps Center, along both sides of Vine St, ending at 9th St. A major storm water reconstruction project presented an opportunity to replant with nearly 20 species of desirable trees. Under power lines on the south side are shorter stature trees. Street trees on the north side include eight of our longest lived, low maintenance, large stature shade trees species. Look for hanging name tags instead of posts on this 18 block Trek.
Historic District Tree Trek
Rich in historic trees, this is home to three side by side elementary schools; St. Patricks, Trinity Academy and Willow River (1118 4th St). Teachers from thee schools were using the Lakefront Trek as an outdoor classroom. The Historic District Tree Trek provides them with their own shared school forest, within two blocks. Teams of two students per tree species conducted the literature search to write each description for the posts, and also helped install the posts.
E.P. Rock Tree Trek
The EP Rock Trek is anchored at the elementary school (340 13th St). Students partnered with the Hudson Methodist Church and Christian Community Center to bridge across private property to the recreation trail below Wisconsin St. there's room to extend the Trek into Williams Park with one of the most diverse plantings of trees of any park in Hudson.
River Crest Arboretum and Tree Trek
Hudson's first Tree Trek, the perimeter trail Arboretum that students and staff created was a natural fit, running through the native upland forest that was there before the school was built. Students want to extend their Arboretum Trek into the YMCA Camp St Croix, via the tunnel path built under County Road F. River Crest Elementary School is at 535 County ty Road F.