Only 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, Apopka 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.
Trails and Parks near Apopka
- Ferndale Preserve- On Lake Apopka's western shore, Ferndale Preserve offers some of the finest panoramas of the largest lake in Central Florida - and serious elevation changes.
- Kelly Park- Tubing down Rock Springs Run is why most folks show up at Kelly Park, but the Kelly Loop Trail is a nice dry way to see the waterway and wildlife.
- Lake Lotus Park- At Lake Lotus Park in Altamonte Springs, the 1.7-mile trail system along Lake Lotus and the Little Wekiva River floodplain provides a great respite from surrounding suburbia.
- Oakhill and Prairie Lakes Trails- On the Western Addition trails at Kelly Park, explore scrub and oak hammock habitats where the remains of a spring-fed lake can be seen.
- Rock Springs Run Hiking Trail- With more than 12 miles of hiking through the heart of Florida black bear territory, Rock Springs Run State Reserve gets you into the wild outside Orlando.
- Rock Springs Run State Reserve- You have a better-than-average chance of spotting a Florida black bear at Rock Springs Run State Reserve, a vast wilderness area in the Wekiva River basin. This is the one park where we've seen the most evidence of our native Florida black bear.
- Sabal Point Sanctuary- Leading 3.5 miles into a 2,500-acre floodplain forest where the Wekiva River and Little Wekiva River meet, the Sabal Point Sanctuary trail in Longwood is a simple one but quite beautiful.
- Trimble Park- A 1.3-mile nature trail at Trimble Park near Mount Dora offers a family-friendly outdoor adventure beneath ancient oaks and cypresses along the shorelines of two lakes
- Wekiwa Springs Hiking Trail- A 10.2-mile loop through landscapes both vast and intimate, the Wekiwa Springs Hiking Trail shows off the best of nature at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
- Wekiwa Springs State Park- A massive wilderness area on the edge of the Orlando metro, Wekiwa Springs State Park is centered on a first-magnitude spring that bubbles through fissures to pour forth a river lined with jungle-like vegetation.
- Wekiwa Springs Wet to Dry Trail- Starting at the outflow of Wekiwa Springs, the Wet to Dry Trail at Wekiwa Springs State Park offers an easy walk showcasing habitat changes by the waterway.