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Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park Review

"Wekiva" is a Creek Indian word meaning "flowing water"; wekiwa means "spring of water." The river, springs, and surrounding 6,400-acre Wekiwa Springs State Park are well suited to camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. The area is also full of Florida wildlife: otters, raccoons, alligators, bobcats, deer, turtles, and birds.

Canoe trips can range from a simple hour-long paddle around the lagoon to observe a colony of water turtles to a full-day excursion through the less congested parts of the river, which haven't changed much since the area was inhabited by the Timacuan Indians. You can rent canoes ($17.98 for two hours and $3.20 per hour after that) in the town of Apopka, near the park's southern entrance.

The park has 60 campsites: some are "canoe sites" that you can reach only via the river, and others are "trail sites," meaning you must hike a good bit of the park's 13½-mi trail to reach them. Most, however, are for the less hardy—you can drive right up to them. Sites go for $24 a night with electric and water hookups.

To get here, take Interstate 4 Exit 94 (Longwood) and turn left on Route 434. Go 1¼ mi to Wekiwa Springs Road; turn right and go 4½ miles to the entrance, on the right.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1800 Wekiva Circle, Apopka, FL 32712 | Map It
  • Phone: 407/884–2008; 800/326–3521 campsites; 407/884–4311 canoe rentals
  • Cost: $2 per pedestrian or bicycle; $6 per vehicle
  • Hours: Daily 8–dusk
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  • Location: Wekiwa Springs State Park
Updated: 03-14-2013

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