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Wekiwa Springs Orange Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Apopka, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until July. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 216 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Camping Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Running Forest Lake Wildlife
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For up to date park information, please see the park page here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/wekiwa-springs-state-park This park has an entrance fee.

Florida Park Service John Fillyaw manager (407) 884-2008

From I-4 exit 94, follow SR 434 west for 1 mile to Wekiwa Springs Road. Turn right. Drive 4.1 miles to the park entrance on the right. Once you pay your admission fee, take the left fork of the park road and follow it to where it ends at Sand Lake trailhead.

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Mirko Fischer
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Robin Hagerty
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Great hike, but there are some boggy spots and 1 spot where there is no way to cross creek without wading into water. It’s clear water so we took off our shoes and waded through it. It’s weird, at the other end of the loop you have cross over the same creek but there is a bridge. So maybe the other one got washed away. I put a bunch of trunks together to help other who may want to cross without taking their shoes off. But despite that it was gorgeous.

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Marcio Alves
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Marcio Alves
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Ashley Owens
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RunningBugsFeeGreat!

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my favorite trail, but it’s a really great run with varying terrain, wildlife, & it’s very pretty. A couple of things to look out for: - Where the Blue and Orange trails make a sharp turn, you may or may not have to step carefully across some little tree branches to cross a little bit of water. In addition, around 3.27 miles in, there is another spot that has the potential of being covered with water. This just depends on rainfall and weather outside of our area. I expected that today. I am 4’ 11” and it came up to mid shin on me. Nothing terrible. - bugs. That’s all I’m saying. I was surprised with the elevation change. The trails were clearly marked. I observed seven or eight deer at one point, then a bit later I ran past a couple within arms reach without realizing it until they were right next to me. Kept going and they continued doing their deer thing. Trail is located on the state park so there is a fee to get to it. All in all, this is a pretty cool little 6ish mile loop for the trail runner who also enjoys stopping to appreciate nature here and there.

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Ryan Smith
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LeAnn Cucchiara
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We have been in FL for 10 years & since Covid hit we have seen more of the natural beauties the state has to offer. This one by far is a must see & do. We came for the 4.3 mile hiking trails and a picnic.... will be back to enjoy the water activities on a later date.

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Curtis Parker
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Short and easy hike! Nice mix of environments

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Kenia Villar
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Renee’ Ruiz
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Hiking

Spent a lovely afternoon on this trail. The entry part of the hiking trail has a nice canopy providing lovely shade on a hot afternoon. However, when you get to the loop portion it becomes more open and has less shade so keep that in mind on a hot day. Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. We encountered several deer and it was lovely to see some of the wildlife. Bring a swimsuit so after your hike you can cool off in the springs!

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Kim K
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The path as marked is actually the orange trail. The in and out part is 1 mile each way, the loop is 4 miles. In and out is 1/2 shade and packed trail and 1/2 full sun and sugar sand. The 4 mile loop was primarily full sun and partially sugar sand. Saw a deer on the road and a turtle on the trail. The directions to the park has you park far from the start of the trail. The trailhead is next to the springs. The park is really busy now and closes around 1000 to prevent overcrowding.

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E S
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I didn’t find the trail I was looking for, but even better I saw a deer. Right in the middle of the trail . my Life Line told me that it was a young buck who had velvet antlers. It was pretty buggy. And lots of roots that trip you . Well they can trip me. As I was leaving the trail I saw two ladies hiking, and two guys on bikes. And a lady taking photographs with a nice camera. When I got here I didn’t see anybody. And I never saw anybody on the trail itself. I will definitely be back especially since I have an annual pass!

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Odessa Mitchell
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Headed out about 8am, didn’t see anyone until about halfway in. Got to see a black bear, a momma deer with two nursing babies, a few spiders, snakes, an even a rabbit! I really enjoyed this trail, and i think it’s best in the early morning. The way the dew settles on the grass in the early morning. Unbelievably beautiful!

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Sean Bailey
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Brandon Reeves
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Shannon O
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Perfect trail, not crowded too early. Some area are not shaded so plan accordingly.

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Neusa Meadows
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didn't see any wildlife except a very pretty red bird, didn't even hear the birds much today. it was an Ok hike, I was expecting to see more water, but nice overall

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Richard Blutstein
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Cool cloudy day but very pleasant. 6.25 mile loop with good shade if it was a sunny day

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Hayley Phelps
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Martina Leitz
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Easy trail, nice walk through the nature and at the end you get a refreshment by swimming in the springs.

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Dave Peterson
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Easy trail, about 3/4 was walking on packed sand.

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Lisa Scarberry
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I hiked the orange blazed trail...at times it was white and orange. FANTASTIC TRAIL! Very well marked and maintained. Saw several other hikers and a couple of bicyclists. Truly enjoyed this. You are out in the middle of the woods. Only a few times could you hear the road-bliss! I brought my dog w me and she had a great time, too. Park entry was $4 for one person in a vehicle.

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Corey Staffeld
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HikingMuddy

Majority was dry and easy hiking. Muddy before the lake endpoint.

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Jamie Kruger
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This is the orange blazed Volksmarch trail. A nice slice of a few different micro ecosystems. Saw rabbits and deer, heard turkeys. Lots of shade, mostly pine needles and leaves to walk on, a few mini bridges, not much sugar sand, and only a few spots with heavy roots. Benches every half mile or so. A few spots where the blazes were missing, so had to check my map. Well traveled, so you will encounter many other hikers, some mountain bikes. Saw a guy on a heavy duty unicycle, which was cool. Popular jogging trail. This entire trail is also mapped and fairly active in Pokemon Go, amusingly enough, if that is your thing. Park entry was $4 for 1 person and car. Be aware this park often has to close its gates in the summer because the springs are very popular, so always plan on arriving at open. Pet friendly, saw many dogs.

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Heather Moore
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beautiful but well traveled hike. the park map is a hot mess, all of the trail markers use names like "mill loop", um okay the map says there's a white trail? WTF? Very confusing. So ended up doing about 4 miles because of rerouting and ended up on the mill loop which is blazed white. LARGE area of toilet paper down by the river. ew.

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