Rock Springs Conservation Area boasts nine trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Most of these trails are suitable for cross-country skiing. You can view and print a Rock Springs Conservation Area trail map.
Rock Springs Conservation Area Trails
|Prairie Path||0.25 mi||10 min||Easy|
|Discovery Trail||0.33 mi||20 min||Easy|
|Bluestem Loop||0.5 mi||20 min||Easy|
|Rodney T. Miller Wetland||0.25 mi||10 min||Easy|
|Woodland Trail||0.5 mi||20 min||Moderate|
|Big Oak Loop||1.3 mi||1 hr||Moderate|
|Lookout Trail||1.25 mi||1 hr||Moderate/Difficult|
|River Trail||3.2 mi||1.5 hrs||Difficult|
|Bike Trail||2.25 mi||1 hr||Moderate (Paved)|
The Prairie Path is a quarter-mile trail just off the nature center parking lot. Leads to Homestead Prairie Farm.
The Discovery Trail is a one-third mile trail that winds through the woodland west of the nature center. Watch for deer and other forest wildlife.
The Bluestem Loop, a half-mile trail just west of the pine forest. This trail winds through prairie grass and wildflowers.
The Woodland Trail is a half-mile trail that runs up and down hills through the woods. A good place to see deer, owls, woodpeckers, and other forest wildlife.
The Big Oak Loop is accessible from the Bluestem Loop. This path travels through woods and open land, connecting to the River Trail.
The Lookout Trail is 1.25 miles beginning at Homestead Prairie Farm and running through prairie and forest.
The Bike Trail is a paved, ADA accessible trail linking Rock Springs Conservation Area to Fairview Park. The Bike Trail is 3.75 miles from start to finish (Rock Springs to Fairview Park/Fairview Ave.).
The River Trail, at 3.2 miles, is the longest trail at Rock Springs Conservation Area. It passes through deciduous forest, the Turtle Ponds, and historic Rock Spring Bottling Plant.
The Rodney T. Miller Wetland has a 0.25 mile trail that begins at the parking area located just east of the Nearing Lane main entry to Rock Springs Nature Center. This trail provides benches, interpretive stations, and overlooks to view the wetland.