Trail Highlights: The majority of the trail system is a rural treasure within city limits. A paved ADA-designed trail winds around the lake. It is ideal for strollers, wheelchairs, or a brisk walk. It’s also nice when other park trails may be wet from heavy rain or snow and too muddy to use. For nature lovers who want to enjoy a peaceful walk along a stream, the park offers a beautiful 0.7-mile (one-way) footpath along Walnut Creek. For other outdoor enthusiasts, the lake provides a place for small boats and kayaks, and for fishermen to drop a line. Equestrians can also enjoy the park amenities. There is horse access on the Hitching Post Loop trail along the west side of the lake.
Deer can be seen in the park, and the pond at Big Springs attracts migratory fowl all year long since the water never freezes due to the spring’s constant flow of 800-1200 gallons per minute. Beavers occupy a lodge on the far side of Big Springs Pond. The Big Springs Trail connects to Woodland Lake Park via the Turkey Track or Hitching Post Trails, all well-signed.