Hours & Directions

The Arboretum is open to the public free of charge, seven days a week during daylight hours (from dawn to dusk).

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

Discover Nature Program
Jammin' with Jam: Preserving Local Food with Canning
November 22, 2022

Planting Meadow Transplants
November 28, 2022
November 30, 2022

Introduced Species Removal in the Meadow
December 03, 2022
9AM – Noon

Remote and Wilderness First Aid Course
December 3 & 4, 2022

Annual Board Meeting and Luncheon
Current Hilltop Members Only
December 6, 2022

Tree Planting
January 06, 2023
9AM – Noon



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.