Rock Springs Run State Reserve

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.

Location

Located in south Lake County and north Orange County about 16 miles west of Sanford, Florida.

Directions

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.

Hours

Open from 8:00 a.m. to sundown daily.

Fees

Self pay at the entrance kiosk.
$3.00 per vehicle up to 8 passengers.

Pet Policy

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.

Hiking & Biking

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.

Kiosk

Cemetery

Trailhead Kiosk Ethel Cemetery

Camping

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.

Wekiva River

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. 

Zepher Hilton Camp Horse Camp
Zephyr Hilton Campsite

History 

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.

Twin Mounds Sign #1 Twin Mounds Sign #3 Twin Mounds Boardwalk
Twin Mounds

Hunting

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

Maps

Topo Map
Topo Map (large size)

Color Infrared Aerial Map

Old Aerial Map (2001)

Photo Map
Photo Map

GPS Data

File Formats Downloads
TopoGraphix ExpertGPS trails.gpx
Garmin MapSource trails.mpstails.gdb
Google Earth trails.kmz
National Geographic TOPO! trails.tpo

Flowers

Yellow Jessamine Silver Aster
Yellow Jessamine Silver Aster

Local Weather

Trail Reports

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Last updated on 21-Nov-2013