Silver Lake Recreation Area
The Silver Lake Recreation Area is a 84-acre park in Garfield Township with a split personality. The east half of the recreation area has the usual park-like amenities; tennis and basketball courts, picnic tables, three covered pavilions, grills and a large playscape for children, all located in a large grassy open area. In 2013 the township added a fenced dog park.
The west half of the park is a natural gem. Reached only by descending the bluff overlooking the West Branch of Silver Lake (also known as Dryer Lake and Mud Lake) this area contains extensive wetlands, mix forests more than a mile of trail and a small lake that is so well hidden from the rest of the park they named it that; Hidden Lake.
Both halves of the park make it an ideal destination for families with young children and dog owners. The trail described here is a 1.5-mile loop that includes almost all the trails in the natural half of the park and a small portion of the paved, accessible trail that forms a 0.7-mile ring around the developed half. Include the entire paved trail and you’d have a 2-mile route. The trails at Silver Lake are open to hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing though they are not groomed or tracked in the winter.
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