Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a walk in one of the park's hiking and nature trails.
The main entrance offers access to the newly created Creek Trail, a 3/4 mile loop that can be accessed behind the large pavilion. Visitors must first walk through the gardens to access the creek trail.
Also accessible from the main entrance is the Spring Trail, blazed light blue, that connects the main entrance area to the Silver River Museum via the sandhill trail (yellow) and the sinkhole trail (red). This trail is 2.3 miles ONE-WAY and over 4.6 miles round-trip.
The camping and museum entrance has parking areas for access to five trails.
The Sandhill trail, blazed yellow, has parking right next to the ranger station, and is a 1.7 mile loop trail, and takes visitors through some of the park's longleaf pine uplands.
The Sinkhole trail, blazed red, is a 2.2 mile loop trail, and the Old Field Loop is 0.8 miles. These are both upland trails. For access to these park near the Silver River Museum in the day use area.
The Swamp trail, blazed orange, is a 1.9 mile loop trail, and the River trail, blazed dark blue, is 1.3 miles. These are also accessible from the Silver RIver Museum. Both trails begin in the uplands before transitioning to wetland habitats and both of them offer scenic overlooks of the Silver River. You can leave the rubber boots at home, however, since the Swamp trail has a boardwalk through its namesake swamp and the River trail uses an old limerock road.
Numerous unmarked service roads and fire breaks intersect the trails so make sure to remain on marked and posted trails to avoid becoming lost.
Remember to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water, sunblock, insect repellent, and anything else you need to be comfortable. For more tips on gear for longer hikes, check out the American Hiking Society's top 10 essentials of hiking.