Hours & Directions

The Arboretum grounds are open to the public free of charge, seven days a week during daylight hours (from dawn to dusk). The office and public restrooms are open Tuesday-Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm.

The LSU Hilltop Arboretum is located at 11855 Highland Road, Baton Rouge (70810), approximately 6 miles south of LSU, between Bluebonnet Boulevard and Siegen Lane.


Hilltop Calendar

Hodge Podge Nursery Volunteer Work
December 13 2023 ~ 9am-12noon

Office Closed for Winter Break
December 22, 2023-January 1, 2024
Grounds are open

Discover Nature
A Day in the Life of Lewis & Clark: A Culinary Journey of Discovery
Saturday, January 20, 2024, 9:00am-1:00pm

Annual Symposium
Revolution Natives!
Ecological Restoration Meets Traditional Garden Design
Saturday, January 27, 2024, 8:30am-1:00pm



Picture of Purple Flower


Welcome to LSU Hilltop Arboretum! These fourteen extraordinarily beautiful acres in Baton Rouge showcase an extensive collection of Louisiana native trees and shrubs. The property known as Hilltop is located on Highland Road south of LSU.

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.