Observation Tree Tower
Climb it for breathtaking views of the Arboretum and surrounding area
Adults and kids alike won’t want to miss the magical Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, where they can climb 81 steps for a panoramic view of the Miami Valley. The tower, constructed from a massive Douglas fir, rises 65 feet above the conifer collection, providing breathtaking views of the Arboretum grounds and collections. The tower is anchored by an inviting terrace, where visitors can gather to enjoy the shade and tranquility provided by the surrounding evergreens.
The tower is part of the master plan designed for us by renowned Belgian landscape architect Francois Goffinet. The master plan was created to ensure that Cox Arboretum is a spectacular destination for future generations.
Funding the Tree Tower
The Tree Tower is the culmination of more than a decade of planning and fundraising by The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation.
Funding was provided by more than 400 donors through the efforts of The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation membership. The result of 10 years of collaboration and planning, the project is valued at approximately $500,000. The groundbreaking was held on November 30, 2011. We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of our foundation members.
Groups like The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation and the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation are critical in helping us expand our limited resources. Without their fundraising efforts, we wouldn’t have fantastic park features such as the Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark or the Tree Tower, which is a fantastic new way for park visitors to appreciate their natural heritage and make a personal connection to nature.