Hidden Springs State Forest

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

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 other trails.

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!

Address
2438 E 700N Rd.
Strasburg, IL 62465
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Address
2438 E 700N Rd.
Strasburg, IL 62465
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset