Silver River State Park Sinkhole and Silver River Nature Trails

Silver Springs, Florida

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The short hiking trails at Silver River State Park have been named among America’s “Top 15 Hiking Trails” by Reserve America, the organization that handles campground reservations for Florida State Parks and many others. The park is adjacent to Silver Springs, a privately owned attraction whose springhead produces 530 million gallons of water daily to form a huge spring run, in this case the beautiful, clear 7-mile-long Silver River. About 4 miles of the river flow through the 2,300-acre Silver River State Park, an area that would have been rapidly developed in the twentieth century if most of the property weren’t lowlands and unsuited for building. In Central Florida, most white-tailed deer fawns are born on the edges of open fields or in thickets. They become weaned at about four months. The several short hikes here cover a great variety of terrain, including sinkholes, sandhills, and floodplain forest. Look for several different species of mammals, reptiles, and birds, including armadillos, deer, turkey, fox, Sherman’s fox squirrel, and gopher tortoises. Less frequently seen are coyote, bobcats, and black bear. Silver River is the home to a good population of limpkins.

Silver River State Park: Sinkhole and Silver River Nature Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The short hiking trails at Silver River State Park have been named among America’s “Top 15 Hiking Trails” by Reserve America, the organization that handles campground reservations for Florida State Parks and many others. The park is adjacent to Silver Springs, a privately owned attraction whose springhead produces 530 million gallons of water daily to form a huge spring run, in this case the beautiful, clear 7-mile-long Silver River. About 4 miles of the river flow through the 2,300-acre Silver River State Park, an area that would have been rapidly developed in the twentieth century if most of the property weren’t lowlands and unsuited for building. In Central Florida, most white-tailed deer fawns are born on the edges of open fields or in thickets.

They become weaned at about four months. The several short hikes here cover a great variety of terrain, including sinkholes, sandhills, and floodplain forest. Look for several different species of mammals, reptiles, and birds, including armadillos, deer, turkey, fox, Sherman’s fox squirrel, and gopher tortoises. Less frequently seen are coyote, bobcats, and black bear. Silver River is the home to a good population of limpkins."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Silver Springs
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 5 hours for all
Season: Fall to spring
Local Contacts: Silver River State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Silver River State Park: Sinkhole and Silver River Nature Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

1/30/2011
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Took my 2 pups on the short river trails hike. Pretty vanilla hike to the river but if you take the side loop once you get to the river it's a nice little add on if you're in the mood for a short hike. Was a warm day so it worked out perfectly for me and especially the dogs. While walking the loop I got startled big time by a wild boar and her piglets. For a split second I thought it was a black bear although since moving to FL from Louisiana I haven't seen any yet. Good thing momma took off and piggys followed. Run in with a angry mom would've ruined the day for sure. If you're going canoeing or kayaking it's a great trail to launch from as it has a nice ramp and deck overlooking the beautiful river.


5/1/2009
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This trip was wonderful. The water is crystal clear. I saw a lot of bottom feeder fish. The Rhesus monkeys are along the path. There are two different stories to why they are there. Either they are escaped monkeys from the Tarzan movies or a Jungle cruise operator placed them on an island. The monkeys then swam off the island. It is a nice run. I took it slow and took 51/2 hours to do the round trip. When you reach the springs you can listen in on the boat rides from the attraction. Lots of turtles to see. I only saw one gator. Week days are best to travel on. The current is not too fast. 5 dollars to park at Ray Wayside Park. No place to get out and stretch your legs.



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May 2018