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Wekiwa Springs State Park comprises approximately 7,000 acres of wild scenery
that offers an opportunity to see how areas of central Florida looked when
the Timucuan Indians speared fish in the spring-fed creeks and stalked the
uplands. They left a number of mounds that are still
visible today. The main spring pumps approximately 42 million gallons of
water each day. Wekiwa Springs State Park opened to the public in 1970.
for which the park is named, is one of the region's familiar and popular
geologic features. The spring's name is derived from the Creek Indian word
"Wekiwa" meaning "spring of water" or "bubbling
water." Wekiwa Springs is the headwaters for the Wekiva River. "Wekiva"
means "flowing water." Springs commonly occur along each side
of Florida central ridge. The streams created by two such springs form the
northern and eastern park boundaries. Rock Springs Run and Wekiwa Springs
Run merge to form the Wekiva River, which flows into the St. Johns River
fifteen miles to the northeast. Witherington Springs, located near the center
of the park, forms Mill Creek, which flows into the swamp bordering Rock
The wide diversity of plant communities found in Wekiwa Springs State Park
provides year-round food and protective cover for equally diverse and abundant
animal populations. Each plant community provides food in the form of seeds,
nuts, berries and foliage during different seasons. Deer range from the
high sandhills and scrub down through the flatwoods to the hammocks and
swamps. Gray fox, bobcat, raccoon, opossum and black bear range across the
entire park and are not restricted to any one habitat. Not only is variety
the spice of life, it is also the key to attracting and supporting a greater
variety of life.
During the summer the popular choices are swimming and canoeing in the cool,
clear waters of Wekiwa Springs, as well as camping, fishing and hiking.
Canoe rentals are available, and a concession stand provides refreshments.
Canoe rates and information are available by calling 407/880-4110. Picnic
areas and shelters are provided in the spring and Sand Lake areas. A playground
is located in the spring picnic area, along with a volleyball and
horseshoe pit. A museum and visitor center houses exhibits on natural and
cultural history. These Places are perfect for a costume party
Wekiwa Springs State Park has sixty (60) campsites. Each campsite has water,
electricity, in-ground fire circle with a grill and a picnic table. There
are hot showers and restrooms for your use. None of the sites have sewer hook-ups but there is a dump station located
at the campground. Reservations are taken for one hundred percent (100%)
of our campsites. These reservations can be made up to eleven (11) months
in advance of the day you wish to arrive. All reservations for campsites,
pavilion rentals, etc., must be made with a MasterCard, Visa or Discover
Card. Checks will be accepted if received within 5 to 7 days from the day
you make your reservation.
There are two (2) backpacking campsites located along our 13-mile hiking
trail. Maximum site occupancy is ten (10) people. You must pack in all
water, food, and firewood and pack out all trash. Fires are allowed only
within the provided ground grills. Tents must be pitched at designated
campsites only. Reservations are not taken for these campsites; it is
first-come first-served only. All regular park camping rules and regulations
apply to these campsites. At least one member of the camping party must
be 18 years of age or older.
Along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run are five (5) designated canoe
campsites. Maximum site occupancy is ten (10) people. You must pack in
all water, food and firewood and pack out all trash. Fires are allowed
only within the provided ground grills. Tents must be pitched at designated
campsites only. At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years
of age or older. All regular park camping rules and regulations apply
to these campsites. No rest room facilities or potable water are available.
Reservations can be accepted up to sixty (60) days in advance. All reservations
must be made with a MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Checks will be
accepted if received within 5 to 7 days from the day you make your reservation.
Tram Bed Horse trail is approximately 8 miles long and divided into two
loops. The trail is marked with horse shoe emblems on wooden posts at
all crossroads. It is largely along scenic back-country roads. These roads
are used by park staff and visitors, so be prepared to meet an occasional
park vehicle or hiker. Off-trail riding is prohibited. Trailers may be
parked at the corral. Horse water is available at Camp Big Fork. Horse
camping is allowed at Camp Big Fork. Only one (1) riding group with a
five (5) horse maximum may camp. Dogs are not allowed on the trail. All
regular park camping rules and regulations apply to these campsites. Reservations
can be made up to 60 days in advance. At least one member of the camping
party must be 18 years of age or older. Reservations can be accepted up
to sixty (60) days in advance. All reservations must be made with a MasterCard,
Visa or Discover Card. Checks will be accepted if received within 5 to
7 days from the day you make your reservation.
No restroom facilities or potable
water are available. Proof of negative Coggins test are required for all
horses entering the park. Day riders must exit by sunset. To obtain further
information on any of our camping facilities or to make reservations please
Wekiwa Springs State Park has a primitive youth camping area as well as a Youth Camp facility with cabins.
The Primitive Youth Camp is only open to organized youth groups (ex. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, etc.). The organized groups must be non-profit associations. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age. Reservations for this area can be made up to sixty days in advance. There are three sites in this area. The maximum number of people in each site is twenty. Each site has a fire circle, benches and a picnic table. There are two restrooms and cold showers. Parking is limited to five vehicles per site. Adults and groups other than organized youth groups can reserve the primitive youth camp area if not already reserved by an organized youth group but can do so no more than 30 days in advance. Campers must make arrangements to arrive and be checked into the site no later than 3:00 pm. Groups arriving later than this will not be permitted to camp. All campers must be in camp and quiet by 11:00 pm. Sites must be clean and orderly before leaving. All regular park camping rules and regulations apply to these campsites. To obtain further information please call (407) 884-2008.The Youth Camp facilities are available to all organized groups using the camp to teach nature appreciation, conservation, and preservation. Programs are required to encompass these subjects by at least fifty percent (50%). The Youth Camp accommodates up to 166 people and must be rented as a whole. There are 20 cabins, a recreation hall, a dining hall, a swimming pool, an amphitheater, a pavilion, and a baseball field. The minimum nightly charge is $400.00, and includes the first sixty (60) people. Each additional person is $5.00 per person, per night up to the maximum capacity of 166. A deposit of $400.00 is required for all reservations and will be applied to the final balance. For further information, please contact 407-884-2006.
The Youth Camp is not available in the months of June and July.
Picnic areas and shelters are provided in the spring area and the Sand Lake
area. A playground is located in the sspring picnic area along with
a volleyball court and horseshoe pit. There are picnic tables and grills
located in the picnic area.
There are two pavilions that are
available for groups, such as family outings and company picnics. Each pavilion
holds up to 100 people. There is electricity, water and a double grill in
each pavilion. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance. Each pavilion
rents for $60.00 per day. This fee does not include the entrance fee into
the park. The park does close on busy days due to the lack of parking spaces.
Reserving a pavilion does not guarantee your sparty entrance into
the park if we close. The park will reopen throughout the day as people
exit. Park closings usually occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For
further information or to make reservations please call 407/884-2008.
To increase youth fishing opportunities the Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission and Wekiwa Springs State Park have cooperatively worked
to improve fishing at Sand Lake. The lake was recently stocked with catfish,
and the park maintains fish feeders which are located within casting distance
from the bank. Regulations are posted at the lake. For more information
To contact Wekiwa Springs State Park please call 407/884-2008 or write to:
Wekiwa Springs State Park is easily located off Interstate 4 at exit 49. Take State Road 434 West to Wekiwa Springs Road or State Road 436 to Wekiwa Springs Road near Apopka.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, Florida 32712.
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