Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
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The Silver Spring State Park Trail area features three trails that offer unique views: the Sandhill Nature Trail, the Silver Spring Sinkhole Trail, and the River Trail. Upon entering the state park, the first trailhead visitors will encounter is the Sandhill Nature Trail, a short 1.7-mile loop trail that traverses through longleaf and wiregrass sandhill habitat.

The Sandhill Trail lives up to its name with its views from the sandy trail. Pine, palmetto, and oaks abound, and during the warmer months, wildflowers are abundant as well. Birdwatchers will be excited to discover that the woodpecker population around this trail is thriving, and the air is often filled with their sounds. Since this trail intersects with many others, it is important to keep and eye on the markers.

The Silver Spring Sinkhole Trailhead is located nearby the park's main hub, and hikers may want to stop at the Silver River Museum, education center, and pioneer village recreation before heading out. The trail loops through sandhill, scrub, and oak hammocks as it circles a large sinkhole that actually contains a diverse amount of tree life. Around this geological feature are some picnic tables, so if the trail snacks made it this far, enjoy in comfort!

Finally, the River Trail, which also has a swamp segment, is perhaps the park's most popular. It leads out to the Silver River itself, which is a crystal clear, spring fed beauty. Like most river side trails in Florida, this area is also home to alligators and a few different snake species - so keep an eye out! The swamp segment of the trail is an interesting view most visitors won't want to miss as well. The 2-mile boardwalk allows an up-close and personal view of Florida's swampland, providing an usual perspective on an important step in the water cycle!

After a long and fun day of hiking, visitors can retire to the campground, or, head over to the headspring and enjoy a look at the source of the Silver River!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Varied trails. Diverse ecosystem. Abundant wildlife.

Cons

Seasonally hot. Unshaded areas.

Features

Historically significant
Hot springs
Wildlife
Bird watching
Big Game Watching
Wildflowers
Shelters
Fishing
Geologically significant
Family friendly

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide

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