Wekiwa Springs State Park

Apopka, Florida 32712

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park Professional Review and Guide

"By riding the park's over eight miles of doubletrack loops (a figure eight) primarily intended for horseback riding, the Florida off-road biker can experience a setting rife with wildlife. No hunting is allowed, making this a good area to ride when the public woods are handlebar-deep in hunters."

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"Wekiwa Springs State Park is a 6,900-acre scenic wonder little changed from the days when the Timucuan Indians speared fish in the spring-fed creeks and stalked deer in the uplands. As the metropolitan Orlando area grows ever denser, Wekiwa Springs is turning into a priceless urban preserve of nature.

Traffic passing the entrance is so thick it almost demands a stop light in order to drive out. Yet inside Wekiwa, it’s back to the Florida of wading birds, otters, raccoons, alligators, and even black bears. Special Attractions: Swimming in a clear spring boil and canoeing the spring run."

"Wekiwa Springs State Park is a 7,800-acre scenic wonder little changed from the days when the Timucuan Indians speared fish in the spring-fed creeks and stalked deer in the uplands.

As the metropolitan Orlando area grows ever denser, Wekiwa Springs is turning into a priceless urban preserve of nature. It features extensive hiking with primitive wilderness camping in an otherwise heavily developed part of central Florida. The nearest town is Apopka, an Indian word apparently meaning “Big Potato.”"

Wekiwa Springs State Park Reviews

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6/24/2007
This traisl offers great amounts of wildlife at any time during the day. I counted over 15 deer and a bear. Started pretty late (10:45 AM) during the summer. There is a portion of sugar sand that was impossible to ride. Bring tons of water! Overall is was a good ride.
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3/27/2007
Don't let the comments regarding the crowds scare you off; I did this hike on a Tuesday and only saw one other person all day (and even on the weekends, most people stick to the Springs area and avoid the trails). This is a decent hike with a good variety of forest and open area. The trail doesn't seem to take full advantage of the park, missing some obvious opportunity to skirt the Wekiwa River or access Rock Springs. For instance, make sure to enjoy the riverside views near Big Buck Camp, because the trail departs soon afterwards never to return (except for a spur trail from Camp Cozy with limited views). The secluded north end of the hike is great for wildlife; I saw 25 bird species with minimal effort, along with snakes, turtles, and plenty of noisy scurrying unidentified critters. One last thing. The map provided in the 'Hiking Florida' trail guide is extremely minimal in detail. While there doesn't seem to be a GREAT map anywhere, make sure and get the map at the main gate on the way into the park. Wekiwa SP does not have any mile markers, and would do well to add trip distance signs at major junctions. But at least they have some numbered posts that are keyed with the gate map, giving you a rough idea where you are along the way. The O'Keefe book does not even have THIS on their map, nor a decent trail description, making it essentially useless. Get the park guide or play the day-hike guessing-game! All in all, an enjoyable day. This is the REAL Florida.
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1/22/2007
I walked the main part of the main trail on the 18th of January. The trail winds easily along a small dirt road where I was joined by several wild turkeys that would walk casually until I got just close enough and then scurry away again. The trail bends through softly wooded areas filled with the sounds of birds and small animals. The narrow trail passes two campsites while the run from rock springs moves lazily alongside. The trail moves from scrub palmeto to stands of palms and pines and then through thick wooded areas of oak, cypress and pine. I found it to be a wonderful walk. I took the blue trail east west and found it yet another varriation. Easy to walk, varried landscapes, streams running alongside and not at all crowded made this hike a real pleasure.
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3/10/2006
My girlfriend and i did this hike on a week day and only saw two other hikers. We headed west on the very well mantained and easy to follow loop. In my opnion this area is a beautifull example of what perscribed burning is all about, my hats off to the Wekiwa burn team. The white blazes are easy to follow and dont leave you guessing. If you can get a trail map from the Ranger shack, it will help. Sandfleas,skeeters,ticks and chiggers are out in full force so come prepared. End the day with a dip in the spring, good luck if its a hot weekend.
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2/28/2006
i read somewhere that there were lots of fallen trees and obstructions due to the hurricanes, but this is not the case now. anything obstructing the trail has been sawed up and put to the side. very enjoyable. Around the lakes and the river you will see the lushest growth and wildlife.
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10/23/2005
This trail is not for the faint hearted. It is cool because it really shows you a lot of the different environments that can be found in Florida with a change of just a few feet of elevation. And it is really long for a Florida trail. BUT, the northern-most remote part of the trail is PRETTY HAIRY. It runs through some pretty thick jungle and has suffered A LOT of damage from the hurricanes and has not been repaired. Fallen trees litter the trail. The trail disappears into the jungle in MANY places and blazes become very difficult to find. They really should close the top 3-4 miles of the hiking trail. I made it all the way through, but I REALLY wished I had brought a compass. Beware.
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2/11/2001
"Nice and Easy" is the best phrase to discribe this trail. With an elevation change measured in inches, this trail meanders through some dense forest. The trail is marked by white hash marks on the trees and occassional benches identifying a marker location, if you have a trail map. The benches were not in order and can confuse so just pick a direction and follow the hash marks on the trees. The early morning hike was just about right it got much warmer as the sun came out. If you have time, stop by the spring for a dip. The water was cool and clean. Weekends may prove a little busy but if you hit the trail early enough, you should be alone much of the time.
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Trail Information

Apopka
Nearby City
8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
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