This attractive little trail is off the main route to anywhere, but well worth the added effort to locate it. The trail is also found on Nature Conservancy Land for all to enjoy. You will appreciate a nice hike through a bog using a long boardwalk then climb to some outstanding views over Silver Lake.
Primary Trailhead: From the 4-way intersection in Wilmington, continue onto Bonnieview Road. Continue to the end at Silver Lake Road (CR17) and take a left toward Silver Lake. Continue for around 7-miles to Union Falls Road on the left. Follow Union Falls Road for just over 1-mile to Old Hawkeye Road on the left. Follow this dirt road for under 1-mile to the trailhead on the right.
This is a 1.0 mile hike, one way, over mostly easy terrain. At the trailhead start walking out on a flat through a boreal forest. You will quickly come to a boardwalk that brings you out into the bog. The boardwalk can be slippery when wet so be careful if it is raining. Through the bog there are numerous wetland species of wildflowers to see and photograph; different seasons bring different varieties. There are also numerous benches to aid in bird watching.
Once off the boardwalk and through the bog you will start a hike along a normal foot trail that climbs moderately for the most part. As it nears the bluff the terrain gets a bit steeper but not too difficult. From the 200 foot bluffs you will have excellent views out over Silver Lake.
2 miles RT, easy hike, Elevation: Approx. 1670’ at the end of the trail, atop the bluffs
Family with Young Kids: Primary trail – 1 hour to bluffs
Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 45 minutes to bluffs
Out of Shape Hiker: Primary trail – 1 hour to bluffs