One of Florida’s largest springs is well-known to residents of the Orlando metro area, thanks to prominent signs on Interstate 4 and easy access through Longwood and Apopka to the park. The centerpiece is the rocky fissure in the earth that bubbles forth Wekiwa Springs, contained within a carefully constructed swimming area before it bursts out into the wild and scenic Wekiva River.
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle. $5 per night per person for primitive camping.
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
The park gates will close when the parking areas reach capacity.
No matter what your flavor of outdoor recreation, you’re sure to find it here. Backpacking? Check. Horseback riding? Check. Paddlesports? Check. Human-powered only, please. Paddlers coming down Rock Springs Run can take out here.
Nearly 14 miles of hiking and biking trails, 8 miles of equestrian trails, and a large family camping area mean this place is packed -- and I do mean packed -- on weekends, especially in summer. When I lived a few miles up the road, I found the ideal time to visit was when the park opened on weekdays.
Explore the park
- A Walk at Wekiwa - A walk in the park at Wekiwa Springs State Park doesn't have to be a long one. Here's a way to sample the park's highlights and habitats along its trails.
- 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.
- 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.