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Description - From the days of the Timucuan Indians, when they named the area "Wekiwa" meaning bubbling or flowing waters, the scenic area has been a fishing and recreation destination. Lying just west of Orlando, the region is still a haven for man and animal. Nearly 8,000 acres offer a respite from the surrounding cars, concrete, and crowds. Showcasing four boils, the largest pouring 42 million gallons of fresh water each day, Wekiwa Spring Run fuses with Rock Springs Run forming the Upper Wekiva River (notice the spelling confusion) which eventually pours into St. Johns River approximately 16 miles upstream.

Attractions - Wekiwa Springs State Park is a year-round destination for a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. Serving man for thousands of years, fishing, canoeing, and swimming are three of the most popular forms of recreation. The diverse habitat including Florida's sand scrub, make this a favorite destination for school groups who find further enrichment at the museum and visitor center complex. A well-known canoe trail, called the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run begins near Apopka and travels for several miles through the park. Canoe rentals are available. Wildlife is abundant as a result of the clear and healthy springs. Florida black bear, white-tailed deer, river otters, alligators, and a profusion of birdlife enjoy the natural areas.

Large picnic groves including several shelters are located at both the spring and Sand Lake areas. Children's playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, grills, fresh drinking water, and modern restrooms make the picnic groves popular warm weather destinations. Shelters accommodate up to 100 people, making them desirable outdoor dining sites for large families, church gatherings, and business lunches. The shelters are reservable by calling the park office.


Fishing the rivers has existed for thousands of years and to this day support largemouth bass, bream, pickerel, and more.

Park brochures and primitive campsites enhance 16 miles of hiking trails and 37 miles of multi-use trails, including horse trails. Bicyclists are also free to peddle on park roads.

Recreation - Visitors to Wekiwa Springs State Park enjoy snorkeling, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, peddling on roads, sunbathing, picnicking, camping, and canoeing.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. Summer Fahrenheit temperatures average in the mid to high 80's (28 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Precipitation for the central area averages anywhere from 56 inches to less than 52 inches per year. The region offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Wekiwa Springs State Park is easily located off Interstate 4 at exit 94. Take State Route 434 West to Wekiwa Springs Road or State Route 436 to Wekiwa Springs Road near Apopka.


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Filed By: J. Muzic
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We spent a few hours at the spring head and some time on the trail. This place is great! It's very close to Orlando, so you don't need to drive too far. The water is nice and cold, very refreshing. It's crystal clear, the visibility it excellent. The boil (where the water comes up from the ground) is great for some skin diving. I highly recommend a mask/googles, as the further down you go the darker it gets, and without a pair, it's near impossible to see anything. The boardwalk trail was nice, it's very natural. I haven't done any canoeing there, but maybe in the future. We'll definitely head back.

Filed By: John Gardner (Apopka, FL)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Recommend going to King's Landing Canoe Rentals at the top end of the Rock Springs Run. They offer an 8-mile downstream canoe trip with rides back for only $25 per canoe. Definately the most primative and beautiful part of the river is enjoyed in this run. Call them at 407-886-0859. An outstanding 4 hour trip, well worth the money, to enjoy your company or enjoy yourself. (about 40 minutes from Orlando)

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Actually, it's not the camping that's difficult - it's getting past the 'lame excuse for the month of why there is no primitive camping allowed'.


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Contact Information:
Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle , Apopka, FL, 32712, Phone: 407-884-2009

Additional Information:
Central Florida - Central Florida was once the cattle and citrus farming capitol of Florida. Today, it is well known for its high-tech theme parks. However, outdoor enthusiasts need not search far to find an extensive list of natural attractions.
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Orlando Area -

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