If ever you visit Florida and need interesting places to enjoy nature, try Wekiwa Springs State Park. It is in Apopka, 20 minutes north of Orlando close to Altamonte Springs and Longwood. It contains the headwater of the Wekiva River and doubles up as the headquarters of one of the five chapters of the AmeriCorps Florida State Parks.
To make the most of your visit to the park, why not stay for a few days? The gently sloping hills with longleaf pine and other plants have 60 spacious campsites, each with water and electricity connections, a fire ring with a grill, and a picnic table. You can book an accessible campsite if you want. You can buy drinks and snacks at the restaurant that opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hamburgers and hotdogs are available on summer weekends.
There are a number of activities that can provide you with astounding experiences at the Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Do you need exercise? You can take a walk on the hiking trails in the park, which range between 0.8 miles and 13.5 miles in length. The shortest path comes with a boardwalk that enables you to observe the beauty of a river hammock. If you are more adventurous, try the longest trail on which you can see various plant communities such as river swamp and dry sandhill. You are likely to come across animals such as bobcat, gopher tortoise, and turkeys.
Try geo-seeking, an exciting outdoor activity that involves finding caches using Global Positioning System (GPS) on hand-held devices. You will be rewarded with the thrill that comes with the search and discovering new places.
If you enjoy cycling and you love challenges, then you will love the 9-mile-long rough cycling trail in the park. It’s a challenging but enjoyable experience for cyclists of all levels. Please wear a helmet during the cycling session and plan your activity well, considering that the park closes at sunset.
If you are a bird watcher, then you will love this birds’ paradise. Wekiwa Park is part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. It has a wide variety of birds that live among the scrub, waterway, and sandhills.
You can fish at Sand Lake and on River Wekiva. Please follow all rules and regulations about the size and number of fish, the accepted fishing method and the fishing season.
Paddling can be done on River Wekiva or Rock Springs Run using a canoe or a kayak. The trip can begin inside the park or from designated points along the river or spring. You can rent canoes and kayaks from the park’s concession.
A spring that provides about 42 million gallons of water to the Wekiva River daily is a main attraction at the park. You can swim in the swimming area that varies in depth from one foot to five feet. There is a cavern at the source of the spring that extents deep into a cave that you can explore. Cave and SCUBA diving are strictly prohibited.