5 things to know about the Tree Tower, one of the area’s most unique views

Here’s what you should know about the tower:

1. What is it? The 65-foot Observation Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum is built from a giant Douglass fir tree. 

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2. That view! The top observation deck offers visitors a sweeping view of the park and the Miami Valley.

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Kayla Hiles, left and Lorelei Fink descend the stairs of the Cox Arboretum Tree Tower on Thursday after taking in the sights from the top observation level. The tower rises 46 feet in the conifer collection area of the park. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Photo: JIM WITMER

3. Get your steps in. There are 81 wooden steps to reach the top above a nearby conifer tree collection.

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Aerial view of the Cox Arboretum Observation Tree Tower in April, 2016. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

4. Crowd funding. Funding for construction of the Tree Tower was provided by more than 400 donors through the efforts of The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation membership.

Workers from Solica Construction of Blue Ash, Ky. work in April 2012 on the Tree Tower, an observation tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. The tower, with an observation deck about 50 feet off the ground, opened later that year. STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS STEWART
Photo: Chris Stewart/Dayton Daily News

5. Repair efforts. Five Rivers MetroParks will spend as much as $390,465 to repair a tree tower and observation deck that closed in September, 2016 after being damaged by fungal disease.

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