Wekiwa Springs State Park, Orlando, Florida

 

Orlando is a good 20-minute drive to the refreshing waters of the Wekiwa Springs State Park at Apopka, Florida. One of the Florida State Parks, Wekiwa is a 7,000 acre or 28 square kilometers of untouched paradise that encloses the clear head water of the blissful Wekika River.

 

Aside from being a state park, Wekiwa Springs also houses the headquarters of one of the five chapters of the AmeriCorps Florida State Parks.


The beautiful state park provides a refreshingly cool swimming area, which varies in depth from less than one foot up to five feet deep. There is also a small cavern from whence the water of the spring comes, measuring around 15 to 20 feet deep. The said cavern goes deeper and slightly widens into a cave, which is highly preserved and protected. The management strictly prohibits cave diving and scuba diving. Somewhere in the park is some kind of nature center, which serves the visitors’ needs.

wekiwa springs state park, orlando, FL

The park also has access to the Wekiva River, Wekiwa Springs Run, Wekiwa Springs and Rock Springs Run. The state park allows picnicking within the premises, picnic pavilions that are ready with charcoal grills are provided for guests and visitors. For some water ride adventure, visitors can rent canoes at the nature center. The canoe or kayak rides lead to the two perfect campsites in the state park. Families, group of friends and boy and girl scouts can arrange for a camping adventure in this beautiful state park. The camping areas at Camp Cozy, as it is called, are supported with infrastructures for all types of camping, whether you prefer tents or recreational vehicles. The camp lies 3.5 miles away from the main spring, which gives it a primitive ambiance. Campers can bring along their pets but they should leash the animals at all times. Alcoholic beverages and other intoxicants are strictly prohibited. Most of all, firearms are also not allowed.


The state park also accommodates hiking, biking, and horseback riding in its 13.5 miles of networked trails around the spring. in addition, there is a 5.3 mile trail that is marked with orange diamonds. It is called the Volksmarch trail. Wekiwa Springs State Park remains pure and unpolluted. Some areas around the spring are even completely untouched and undeveloped, having preserved Florida Ecology. Wild animals still abound in the place such as black bear, bobcat, coyote, deer, gray fox, opossum, rabbit, and raccoon. Visitors are also allowed to fish and snorkel. For those planning to visit this wonderful state park, Wekiwa Springs opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at sundown every day, including holidays. On the other hand, the nature center is also open same time every day, except Saturday and Sunday when it is only open from 12:00 noon up to 3:00 p.m.