Fodor's Expert Review Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park Park (National/State/Provincial) Fodor's Choice

Wekiva is a Creek word meaning "flowing water"; wekiwa means "spring of water." The different spellings appearing on signs are correct: each refers to either the river or the springs. Regardless, the surrounding 6,400-acre Wekiwa Springs State Park is well suited to camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. The area is also full of Florida wildlife: otters, raccoons, alligators, bobcats, deer, turtles, birds, and bears.

Canoes or kayaks may be rented at the park for $27 for two hours. Canoe trips can range from a simple 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 tribe.

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-mile trail to reach them. Most, however,... READ MORE

Wekiva is a Creek word meaning "flowing water"; wekiwa means "spring of water." The different spellings appearing on signs are correct: each refers to either the river or the springs. Regardless, the surrounding 6,400-acre Wekiwa Springs State Park is well suited to camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. The area is also full of Florida wildlife: otters, raccoons, alligators, bobcats, deer, turtles, birds, and bears.

Canoes or kayaks may be rented at the park for $27 for two hours. Canoe trips can range from a simple 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 tribe.

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-mile trail to reach them. Most, however, are for the less hardy—you can drive right up to them. Sites have electric and water hookups.

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Quick Facts

1800 Wekiva Cir.
Apopka, Florida  32712, USA

407-884–2008

floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/wekiwa-springs-state-park

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $2 per pedestrian or bicycle; $6 per vehicle, Closes at sundown

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