Silver Springs State Park Loop
Silver Springs offers a wealth of scenic pleasures. While hiking over ridges, through woodlands, along Loon Lake and the Fox River, you’ll encounter a variety of trees, birds, and wildflowers. About 30 miles upstream from where the Fox River flows into the Illinois River, the Fox runs through a beautiful state park named for its sparkling water that seeps from the ground all year. Like many parks in the area, Silver Springs State Park was largely farmland before being bought by the state in 1969. Now it’s one of only a few refuges for hikers in Kendall County. While Silver Springs is a popular spot for walkers, it’s also well liked by local hunters and anglers. Keep in mind that some of the lesser trails are closed for part of the season to accommodate hunters. The hike that follows, which is open all year, is not the longest or the most isolated hike in the park, but it’s the most beautiful and varied.
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Directions to: Silver Springs State Park Loopprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||40 ft|
|Skill Level||Easy to Moderate|
|Season||Open daily sunrise to sunset|
|Trailhead Elevation||600 ft|
|Top Elevation||640 ft|
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