Rock Springs Run State Reserve consists of 13,500 acres of land located between the scenic Wekiva River and the cool spring waters of Rock Springs Run. It offers a number of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast including hiking, wildlife viewing, off-road bicycling, horseback riding and primitive camping.
Located in south Lake County and north Orange County about 16 miles west of Sanford, Florida.
From I-4 exit 51, go west on State Road 46 for about 7.5 miles. Entrance will be on your left just after you go over the bear crossing underpass. GPS coordinates: N28° 48.627 W81° 27.452.
Open from 8:00 a.m. to sundown daily.
Self pay at the entrance kiosk.
$3.00 per vehicle up to 8 passengers.
Pets are allowed in the reserve as long as they are on a hand-held, six foot leash. Pets are not allowed in the primitive campsites.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve has over 14 miles of multi-use hiking / bike riding trails. The trails are divided into two loops: a 3.8 mile Pond Trail (blazed red) and a 9.5 mile Challange Trail (blazed white). There's also a 1.3 mile trail (blazed yellow) that takes you out to the old Ethel cemetery. All three trails are accessible from Parking Area #1 and #2 off of Spear Road (the entrance road). Note: You may also see other colored blazes along these trails. For example, green blazes indicate you are on a horseback riding trail. Light blue blazes were used at one time to mark the old mountain bike routes.
Trailhead Kiosk Ethel Cemetery
The reserve has two primitive canoe campsites: Indian Mound (N28° 44.424 W81° 28.008) and Buffalo Tram (N28° 44.412 W81° 25.332). Both are located along the beautiful Wekiva River. Reservations are required (see contacts below). Each is equipped with fire rings. All water must be treated. No vehicle access available. Canoe and kayaks can be launched from Wekiwa Springs State Park or other nearby liveeries, but not from the reserve itself.
Buffalo Tram Campsite
Primitive camping is also available for horseback riders. Reservations are required (see contacts below). Each campsite is equipped with fire rings, grills and benches. Water is also available from a nearby electric well pump.
Zephyr Hilton Campsite
There's a nice little interpretive boardwalk built next to an Indian "kitchen midden" known as Twin Mounds. Not too many people probably know about this place. It's quite a ways off the beaten path (about 2 miles from the nearest hiking trail), It's located at the east end of Shell Mound Road which is normally closed to vehicles except during hunting periods.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages hunting at Rock Springs Run. For up-to-date information on regulations and current hunting schedules, please go to MyFWC.com.
Hunting Schedule 2013 - 2014 Archery Sep. 27 - 29, Oct. 4 - 6 Muzzle Gun Oct. 19 - 21, 25 - 27 General Gun Nov. 8 - 10, 15 - 17 Small Game Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 7 - 8, Jan. 4 - 5
Topo Map (large size)
Old Aerial Map (2001)
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Last updated on 21-Nov-2013