Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. This is a very popular park on weekends. To ensure entrance into the park, we recommend arriving early, otherwise, the parking area will be full and you may not be able to enter. Options for camping include a full facility campground and primitive camping areas. Canoe and kayak rentals are available.
We went camping end of September. We took a long hike through the trails. The trail is mostly soft sand so it's at times difficult to walk unless you are on the edges. There is no shade once of ever, so prepare yourself with hat and lots of water. Not a trail to go wow! but if cooler it would be a good work out. I would go again but definitely when temperatures are much lower.
I went early on a Friday for my first time on the river and saw tons of wildlife. River otter, turtles, gators and more. At about 11 the river started to get pretty crowded. It seems like a really good party river on the weekends. Next time I go I'm going to start early mid week. I rented a single kayak and there are two options (sit in and sit on). Both of them weren't the best but the sit in kayak was extremely small unstable and uncomfortable so I switched to the sit on kayak and had a better experience. It was still a bit uncomfortable but very stable.
I have also hiked some of the trails around the area. Very easy hike and pretty awesome to see the springs.
This trail is as good as it gets in Central Florida. Great trail well marked. The back part of the trail can get flooded which makes it difficult to navigate and stay on course. At times you made have to use an alternate route/trail to get around.
We had a great two weekends. The first we spent kayaking down the Wekiva River saw many alligators and various species of birds and turtles. Very beautiful picturesque scenery. Hiked the second weekend to the Sand Lake, also beautiful, the only down side is the trail borders a road that kind of takes you out of your walk through nature for a moment.
This is a nice trail if you are trying to get some miles in however the views are just OK. There is a nice mix of terrain going from shaded brush to open scrub. I saw two small deer early on in my hike otherwise the only Florida wildlife I encountered were mosquitoes, spiders, horse flies and lizards. Watch for spider webs if you are hiking early. (which I recommend as it gets hot, fast) Also make sure you bring a colored map which are available from the ranger station or at the trail head since some of the signage is not the best and there are points where the trail splits and can get confusing. There is an additional loop of the white main trail around sand lake that I did not do so you have to be in the lookout for that. The trail on the back end is composed of a lot of sugar sand that can get frustrating to hike in especially if you are getting tired.
Otherwise a nice trail and would definitely recommend.
I've paddled many rivers but this one is by far my personal favorite. I first paddled this river in 1979 during a school field trip and it became a life long destination. I have paddled this area during all four seasons and they are all very different and equally enjoyable....well, getting stuck in an unexpected thunderstorm in July wasn't quite as enjoyable.....I've seen many gators, a variety of turtles, birds and even river otters and deer....can't wait to get back again.