“Perfect example of a coastal plain forest with new views around every corner!”
— Kassandra Archer
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
Easy trails with a Visitors Building at the start and end (live animals and exhibit).
A large portion of the trail crosses over wetlands and near Silver Lake. The highlight of this loop is the Observation Deck where you can relax and watch wildlife. The trail starts and ends at the Silver Lake Nature Center where staff members are always happy to let you touch a live turtle. Not to mention the Nature Center is free!
There are few obstacles on the trail. When you start near the Kid's Play Area, you'll make a turn at a big rock. From there, the trail will divide, and you should turn right. You'll continue straight for a bit before turning left on the marsh boardwalk. From the marsh boardwalk, you can access the Observation Platform (ADA accessible).
When coming down from the platform, turn left and continue straight for a while. You'll cross several boardwalks which can be under a little bit of water during heavy rains (not common). Once you hit Silver Lake Park, you'll turn right and continue towards the Earthship building. When you see the Earthship, turn right and head straight. Signage on the trails will help lead you back to the Nature Center.