Going through forest on its way up to the top of Bill Williams Mountain, this 4 mile long trail (8 miles total round trip) starts close to Williams and goes up the most prominent hill southwest of town.
There are several ways to get to this trail. The two most logical variations are:
1. If coming to Williams by car, turn west onto Railroad Avenue without going into downtown Williams. Follow signs to district ranger office, and start at the Bill Williams Mountain (#13) Trailhead at this location.
2. If starting from downtown Williams, go to the Williams Link Trail #124 (see my tip on that trail) and follow it up hill for 1 mile to the junction with the Clover Spring Trail. Turn left, and at the next trail intersection turn right onto the loop trail, which will then deliver you to the Bill Williams Trail (turn left at the intersection with that trail).
Other possible links suggested on the Forest Service web site include Bixler Saddle Trail #72, or trail #38.
While the 8 mile total distance may not sound like much to experienced hikers, please understand that the starting point for the trail is at 7,000 feet, and the ending point for the trail is at over 9,000 feet elevation. If you are not experienced at elevation hiking, you will get tired fast. Take lots of water with you, as it is very dry up here as well.
It isn't much of a spring at all, but it is at least a trail, and the exercise will do you good.
After taking City of Williams Link Trail #124, you will be faced with a choice of going left or right. The trail sign at the top end of the trail says that "Clover Spring" is 1/4 mile (0.4 km) to the left, so in terms of named destinations that is the closest trail spot to get to.
The trail climbs very steeply in places, but other sections are reasonably level.
Keep your eye out for a break in the trees that allows you to see the town of Williams. There is only one such break in the trees.
The spring is a concrete box that diverts the spring water to some other location. There isn't much to see here when you get here.
But at least you got a little exercise on your way here.
To get here, start at the Williams City Link Trail (see the tip for that trail) and turn left at the sign at the end of that trail and continue to Clover Spring. Keep going straight (left) at the intersection with the trail up to Bill Williams mountain.
Completed in 2008, this small public square with a clock tower was a joint project with the city of Williams and the local Rotary Club. The materials and money required mostly came from local donations.
Aside of the clock tower, there are several benches and a small plaza here. There is a sign featuring a little local city information that may be of interest.
It might be a pleasant place to rest, if it weren't for this being at the corner of the busiest intersection in all of Williams (Grand Canyon Avenue and Grand Canyon Blvd (old Highway 66) ).