Only 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, Apopka, a historic community at the northwestern corner of Orange County, is home to hundreds of fern growers, orchid growers, and other nursery operations.  You’ll find interesting hikes, rides, and camping in public lands along the Wekiva River basin and its tributaries, as well as paddles along spring-fed rivers and the chain of lakes connecting to Lake Apopka.

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