Welcome to the Gloster Arboretum where visitors are invited to experience a stunning abundance of trees, shrubs, and flowers, many of which are native to southern Mississippi, preserved in a natural setting along the roads and trails of this 400-acre nature preserve.  
John James Audubon Foundation
 
 
Contact Us at the Gloster Arboretum
Site Manager: Von Odenwald
Physical Address:
1345 Arboretum Lane
Gloster, MS 39638
Mailing Address:
Von Odenwald
P.O. Box 1002
Gloster, MS 39638
Email Address and Phone:
glosterarboretum@bellsouth.net
or
601-225-4132
 
Visit the Gloster Arboretum
The Gloster Arboretum is located on the outskirts of Gloster, Mississippi in the southwest corner of the state about an hour’s drive from the each of the following cities: Natchez, Mississippi; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and St. Francisville, Louisiana off Mississippi State Hwy. 33 between the towns of Centerville and Crosby. Link to Google Maps for driving directions.
 
Once you are in Gloster, follow these directions to the Gloster Arboretum:
  • Gloster ArboretumFrom Highway 33, turn Northwest onto Georgia Pacific Road No. 1/Pepper House Road (There is a gas station/ convenience store on one corner and a tire store on the other). Go only a short distance.
  • Take the first left onto Georgia Pacific No. 1 Street and follow it 0.4 mile until it dead-ends.
  • Turn right onto Georgia Pacific No. 2 and go 0.1 mile.
  • Take the 1st left which is Arboretum Lane.
  • Follow Arboretum Lane until you see a white fence along the right. The entrance to the Arboretum is through wrought iron gates on the right.
  • Drive through the gates and follow the road on the right to the back of the house where you can park on the grass.
  • Note: Look in the map box on the left near the front gates, and be sure to pick up a self-guided tour map keyed to certain points of interest where identifying signs have been placed.
Hours:

Gloster Arboretum

Gloster Arboretum

Gloster Arboretum

Gloster Arboretum

Gloster Arboretum

Gloster Arboretum

  • We are open daily from morning to evening.
  • Visitors are welcome at no charge.
Guidelines and Tips for Visitors at the Gloster Arboretum
This is a wonderful place, but be advised it is also home to snakes, bees, bobcats, and other wild animals. Some creeks cannot be driven over in low-clearance cars or during rainy weather. In addition, some driving and hiking trails have rough terrain. Be aware and be careful.
 
Guidelines:
The following list is to protect the natural balance of the Arboretum, as well as to ensure the safety of our guests. We want your visit to be an enjoyable one. Thank you for your cooperation:
  • Park in the designated parking area while exploring near the guest house:
    • Park on the grass near the house, but do not drive vehicles on grassy areas.
    • As you are driving on roads, if you wish to stop and explore, please pull your vehicle off the road to park.
    • Do not block roads at any time with your vehicles.
  • Drive vehicles at a maximum speed of 15 mph only on designated roads and only if there has not been a lot of rain.
    • Pull your vehicle off the road onto a grassy area if you decide to stop and explore as a courtesy to other visitors.
    • Mountain bikes are allowed.
    • All-Terrain Vehicles are not allowed.
  • Leave the Arboretum unspoiled. Please pick up your trash. You may dispose of it in trash cans near the main house.
  • Use the tables that are scattered around near the house for your picnics, or you may picnic on the grounds.
  • Supervise your children at all times during your visit.
  • Stay on the designated trails while walking through the woods to avoid disturbing the balance of nature and to keep from getting lost:
    • Trails are for walking or bicycles only.
    • All-Terrain Vehicles are not permitted.
  • Fishing is allowed:
    • Visiting non-members may only fish in the pond outside the white fence and gates. Look to your right just as you turn onto Arboretum Lane and you will see the pond where you can fish.
    • Members may fish in the two interior ponds or in the pond outside the fence.
      • Keep all the bream you catch that are large enough to eat.
      • Catch and release the bass and catfish since they have been purchased to eat the bream to keep the fish population ecologically balanced. Thank you.
  • Camping in tents is allowed:
    • Prior reservation is required.
    • A $10.00 fee for each tent applies for campers.
    • Call site manager before you arrive to verify your reservation.
  • Build campfires in the designated area only:
    • Notify site manager before building campfires.
    • Do not build campfires if there has been a drought in the area.=
    • Bring your own wood for campfires since the Arboretum does not furnish wood for campfires.
      • There may be wood near the campfire area only if a tree has fallen on the property and the site manager has had to remove it from that location. Do not depend on the Arboretum to furnish wood. Thanks.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Pick up after your dog in the area of the main guest house.
Tips
  • Carry your cell phone with you since there is no “land line” telephone on site.
  • Use repellant for insects and ticks.
  • Wear brightly-colored clothing on your walks (“hunter orange” during hunting season).
  • Wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking.
  • The restroom on the outside of the guest house adjacent to the back porch is for visitors and members who have not reserved the house:
    • Unless you have reserved the guest house, you may not enter it unescorted.
    • If you would like a tour of the house, contact the site manager to see about the availability of scheduling a guided tour.
  • For your dog's safety as well as not to disturb the balance of nature, keep your pet leashed at all times.