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SPRINGS RUN STATE RESERVE
Springs Run State Reserve is approximately 14,000 acres of a variety of
plant communities typically found throughout central Florida's landscape.
The reserve is located approximately 30 miles north of Orlando and easily
located off of I-4 at exit 51; then follow SR 46 west for almost 10 miles.
The property was purchased in March 1983 for habitat preservation, for watershed
protection and to provide recreational opportunities in the central Florida
area. Additional purchases in 1991 and 1995 have formed a vast wilderness
in Orange and Lake Counties.
Native American Indians also valued the abundance of wildlife. Many mounds
are known to exist along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. These Native
Americans lived before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, but within 200
years after they were eliminated from their native land. The mounds or "kitchen
middens" are the only visible remains of their former presence on the
reserve and are protected for future archaeological investigations. Florida
statutes prohibit the destruction or removal of artifacts from these sites.
The plant communities
at Rock Springs Run State Reserve include sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods,
bayheads, hammocks and swamps. A unique natural feature of this reserve
is the spring run/river system which surrounds most of the sreserve
perimeter. This system is formed from the discharge of several artesian
springs together with the tanic runoff from the surrounding watershed, creating
one of the most scenic canoe trails in central Florida. To access this canoe
trail, please call 407/884-2008 for further information.
The wetlands and uplands provide habitat for a variety
of rare and endangered species native to Florida. The Florida black
bear, Florida scrub-jay, wood stork, Florida sandhill crane, indigo snake
and a variety of more common species are often seen throughout the reserve.
is open to a variety of recreation activities including hiking, primitive
horseback camping, nature study, picnicking, horseback riding, biking and
limited hunting. Vehicle access into the reserve is limited.
Horseback camping is available through the Rock Springs Run Riding
Stables. Showers, bathrooms, and running water (no potable water) are
available at the barn. Stalls are available after dark on a first come
first serve basis. The fee for camping is $5.00 per horse per night, $3.00
per adult per night and $2.00 per child per night (under age 18), tax
included. Proof of negative Coggins test must accompany all horses. Pets
and firearms are not allowed in the camping area. You are responsible
for your horses. At night they must be on a picket line or stalled (no
portable fences). Neither Rock Springs Riding Stables nor the Florida
Park Service will be held responsible for loose or lost horses. Registered
campers will be given the gate combination. Campfires are allowed in designated
fire pits only. Collection of firewood is prohibited. Please remain on
designated horse trails and follow the multi-use trail philosophy. Respect
others using the trail. To make reservations please call 352/735-6266.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve offers a 9-mile loop trail which takes
the rider through a variety of plant communities. The trail begins in the
desert-like sandpine scrub community, home to many species of lizards and
snakes, the beautiful Florida scrub jay and the gopher tortoise. The scrub
serves as a favorite feeding place for the Florida black bear each fall,
when the oaks are full of acorns. The trail continues through many acres
of pine flatwoods and on to the hardwood swamp that borders Rock Springs
Run. Riders may view the beautiful tannic-colored water of Rock Springs
Run by tying their horses to the hitching post and walking to the west bank.
Keep an eye out for the red-shouldered hawks that live in the floodplain
forest. Florida black bear use the reserve year round. However, bears are
shy and you will see their footprints more frequently than the bears themselves.
Remember that all plants and animals are protected and collecting is prohibited.
Please keep your horse on the designated horse trail. The trail was
designed to provide a stable terrain for horses. We prefer that horses
walk through the reserve and not be allowed to run, and that groups of
riders be kept to no more than seven (7) at a time. Please be courteous
to hikers, joggers and others using the Reserve. Proof of negative Coggins
test is required.
The trail may be closed temporarily on days when the reserve staff are
conducting prescribed burns. The reserve is closed to equestrians during
the nine weekends of special hunts each fall. Be sure to bring sufficient
water for yourself, especially in the summer months. Thank you for cooperation
and have a wonderful ride. If you have any questions please feel free
to call 407/884-2009.
Should you need assistance to enable your full participation, please contact
Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407/884-2008.
Rock Springs Run is located in Sorrento, off S.R, 46 via S.R. 443.
For further information:
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
c/o Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, Florida 32712