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greenBlue Spring Creek Forest Preserve

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1.6 mile 2.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 27' 8 m
Descent: -24' -7 m
High: 530' 162 m
Low: 512' 156 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)


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Trail shared by John Shuttlesworth

A great hike that passes through both wooded and open areas; beautiful during the spring and summer wildflower bloom.

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Easy trails that will spark a sense of adventure in everyone that visits. A great place to bring small children since the trails are all relatively close to the parking lot.

Park is open from 6 a.m. until midnight. Other park use rules are posted at the parking area.


This trail runs parallel to the Spring Creek, complete with limestone cliffs, as well as a managed meadow area that is home to many species of local bird life. This is a great, quick hike for the family with lots to see and enjoy. Time your visit for the spring and summer for best wildflower viewing.

Need to Know

Parts of the trail pass very close to the edge of the limestone cliffs that form the banks of Spring Creek. During heavy rain events, parts of the trail can become impassable due to high water.

The entrance to the parking area can only be accessed from the south when Spring Creek is outside of its banks. Snake awareness signs are posted at the beginning of the trail.


The trail starts at the parking lot and can be navigated in any direction. There are many intersecting trails throughout the property. If taken counter-clockwise, your hike will start in the forest running parallel to the Spring Creek and end in the meadow. There are several pull-outs on the trail where you can continue down to the banks of the creek. There is also a separate trail that enters the preserve at the northwest end.

Be sure to stay left on the trail to find your way back to the parking lot. If hiking through the meadow, note that there can be very high grass, so take care when choosing footwear and clothing.

Flora & Fauna

There is wide variety of local bird life as well as opportunities for wildflower viewing. There is a complete list of local flora and fauna atspringcreekforest.org, as well as opportunities to volunteer at this local nature preserve.


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Aug 27, 2018
Stephani Pena
Apr 3, 2018
Cameron Fuentes

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