Wekiwa Springs State Park

Recreational activities include hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, bicycling, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. 

Entrance Sign Swimming Area Wet Dry Boardwalk

Location

The main park is comprised of approximately 6,900 acres located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River in northwest Orange County near Apopka.

Directions

From Interstate 4, take exit 94 and head west on State Road 434 for 1 mile. Turn right onto Wekiva Springs Road and follow the road for about 4.5 miles. The entrance to Wekiwa Springs State Park will be on your right. GPS coordinates: N28 42.577 W81 27.768.

Hours

The area is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days of the year.

Entrance Fees

$6 per vehicle with 2 to 8 people.
$4 for a vehicle with a single occupant.
$2 for extra passengers, bicycliests, pedestrians or holders of annual state park passes.

Pet Policy

Pets are allowed in the park as long as they are on a hand-held, six foot leash. They may be walked along the trails or in day use areas, but they are not allowed in the swimming areas. Owners must pick up after their pets and dispose of their waist properly.

Hiking

The park has a bewildering number of crisscrossing trails covering almost 28 miles, so it's essential to bring along a trail map.  Fortunately most of the trails are clearly marked with their own unique colored blazes. The main hiking loop, which uses white blazes, is about 10.5 miles long.  You can access it directly from the Sand Lake parking area or take the 0.80 mile access trail (white and orange blazes) from the main spring parking area.  Some of the highlights to look forward to seeing include the scenic Sand Lake, Mill Creek, Big Buck Camp, Wekiva River near Half-way Point, a sink hole, and of course the beautiful Wekiwa Springs itself where you can cool off after a long hike.

Trail Kiosk Sand Lake Mill Creek Bridge
Trailhead Kiosk Sand Lake Mill Creek

Half Way Point Hiking Trail Golden Landscape
Wekiva River Hiking Trail Golden Landscape

Camping

The park has two primitive canoeing campsites (Big Buck Camp and Otter Camp) and one backpacking campsite (Camp Cozy).  All are located along the Wekiva River area and require reservations (see contacts below).  Each are equipped with benches and fire rings. Both Big Buck and Camp Cozy have picnic tables and artesian wells. Water must be treated.

Big Buck Camp Big Buck Camp Sign
Big Buck Camp

Fern Campsite
Camp Cozy

Otter CampOtter Camp Takeout
Otter Camp

Maps

Topo Map
Topo Map (large size)

KML Photo Viewer
Photo Map

GPS Data

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

Wildlife

Coral Snake Pigmy Rattler White Tail Deer
Coral Snake  Pigmy Rattler
White Tail Deer

Flowers

Flowers Flowers
Garberia Dogtongue Wild Buckwheat

Local Weather

Trail Notes

Wet Trails

Videos

Contacts

Links

 

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Last updated on 26-Nov-2013.