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."