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Silver Springs State Park Loop

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. The hike listed in the book is not the longest or the most isolated hike in the park, but it’s the most beautiful and varied.

Fox River Silver Springs State Park

The Fox River

Fox River Silver Springs State Park

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The Silver Springs

The Silver Springs

trail Silver Springs State Park

understory Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park contains one of the hikes featured in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago. Purchase the book on Amazon.com or just this hike description on Trails.com.

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