Rock Springs Conservation Area boasts nine different trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Most of these trails are suitable for cross-country skiing. You can view and print a map of Rock Springs Conservation Area, including the Hiking Trails.
The Trails of Rock Springs Conservation Area
|Prairie Path||.25 mi||30 min||Easy|
|Discovery Trail||.33 mi||45 min||Easy|
|Bluestem Trail||.5 mi||45 min||Easy|
|Rodney T. Miller Wetland||.25 mi||15 min||Easy|
|Woodland Trail||.66 mi||45 min||Moderate|
|Big Oak Trail||1.0 mi||1 hr||Moderate|
|Lookout Trail||1.25 mi||1 hr||Moderate/Difficult|
|River Trail||2.25 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 parking lot at the nature center. This trail leads to the 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 creatures.
The Bluestem Trail, a half-mile trail, is just west of the pine forest. This trail winds through prairie grass and wildflowers.
The Woodland Trail is a two-third mile trail that runs up and downhill through the woods. Just as its name implies, the Woodland Trail is the place to see deer, owls, woodpeckers and other wildlife that inhabit the forest.
The Big Oak Trail is accessible from the Discovery Trail and the Bluestem Trail. This path travels through woods and open land and connects to the River Trail.
The Lookout Trail is 1.25 miles in length and starts at the Homestead Prairie Farm and runs through the prairies and forest.
The Bike Trail is ADA accessible and links Rock Springs Conservation Area with Fairview park with a paved trail. The Bike Trail is 3.75 miles long from start to finish (Rock Springs to Fairview Park/Fairview Ave.) but many exits exist along the trail.
The River Trail, at 2.5 miles, is the longest trail at Rock Springs Conservation Area. It passes through deciduous forest, around the Turtle Ponds, and past the site of the old Rock Spring Bottling Plant.
The Rodney T. Miller Wetland has a .25 mile trail that begins at the parking area located just north and east of the Nearing Lane main entry to Rock Springs Nature Center. This trail provides benches, interpretive stations and overlooks to view the wetland.