Years and years ago this beautiful forest was home to at least seven springs. Now covered with plant life, the natural water features are no longer visible. But, Hidden Springs State Forest still has plenty to offer, so pack up your pooch and head over for some furrific exploring!
Your pup will be glad to know this park has some
pawsome trails to hike. If your doggo is interested in the local flora and
fauna, take a whirl around Possum Hollow Nature Trail. It’s less than a mile
and has almost three dozen interpretive signs to check out. Printed brochures
are also available. For a longer hike, follow Rocky Spring Nature Trail. This
trail clocks in at three miles and passes the site of one of the forest’s springs.
Plus, it runs through groves of black walnut trees that produce delicious nuts.
In addition to these hikes, there are 17 miles of fire access roads that lead to remote areas of the park. Please note these are more strenuous than the
Besides hitting the trails, visitors can cast a line in
one of the forest’s five ponds. Three of the ponds are only accessible by foot
and provide a peaceful outdoor experience. If you want to stay
the night, nab one of the spots in Possum Creek Campground. The sites have fire
rings and pedestal stoves. Primitive restrooms and drinking water are also
available. Day trippers can enjoy an outdoor meal with their pup in Rolling
Meadows picnic area or at Red Bud Lane.
No matter where you wander, remember to carry plenty of
clean-up bags and promptly pick up after your pooch. And, your pup will be most
grateful if bring some cold water along so they don’t get thirsty. Above all
else, have a woofdeful time with your pooch at Hidden Springs State Forest!