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Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

 About Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

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A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

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Lower Wekiva has some wonderful opportunities including wildlife observation and enjoying some of ...the Real Florida. This property has limited facilities, so please be prepared when you visit. There are 3 entrances to Lower Wekiva Preserve with some different activities at each location.

The southern entrance is Lower Wekiva Preserve State Park, 8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford, FL 32711. Activities at this location are hiking and wildlife observation. There are no facilities at this location so visitors are advised to bring with them items they will need to enjoy their visit (water, snacks, insect repellent, etc.).

For access to the Wekiva River to fish from the bank or launch your own canoe or kayak, an excellent location is Katie's Landing at Lower Wekiva River Preserve, 262 Wekiva Park Drive, Sanford, FL 32711. Katie's does offer restroom facilities, picnic tables and grills however there is no potable water at this location.

Our northern entrance is primarily used for equestrian activities. Lower Wekiva River Preserve, Fechtel Tract, 38015 Fechtel Road, Eustis, FL 32726. We offer primitive equestrian camping with stalls, stables, facilities, picnic tables, and grills. The trails at this location can also be used for hiking and wildlife observation as well. There is running water for horses, however it is not intended for human consumption. For equestrian camping reservations, call (407) 884-2009.

DESIGNATIONS

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GETTING HERE

Lower Wekiva has some wonderful opportunities including wildlife observation and enjoying some of ...the Real Florida. This property has limited facilities, so please be prepared when you visit. There are 3 entrances to Lower Wekiva Preserve with some different activities at each location.

The southern entrance is; Lower Wekiva Preserve State Park 8300 W. State Road 46 Sanford, FL 32711.  Activities at this location are hiking and wildlife observation. There are no facilities at this location so visitors are advised to bring with them items they will need to enjoy their visit (water, snacks, insect repellent, etc.)

For access to the Wekiva River to fish from the bank or launch your own canoe or kayak, an excellent location is; Katie’s Landing at Lower Wekiva River Preserve 262 Wekiva Park Drive Sanford, FL 32711.  Katie’s does offer restroom facilities, picnic tables and grills however there is no potable water at this location. Our northern entrance is primarily used for equestrian activities.

Lower Wekiva River Preserve Fechtel Tract 38015 Fechtel Road Eustis, FL 32726.   We offer primitive equestrian camping with stalls, stables, facilities, picnic tables, and grills. The trails at this location can also be used for hiking and wildlife observation as well. There is running water for horses, however it is not intended for human consumption. For equestrian camping reservations, call (407) 884-2009.

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CONCESSIONAIRES

  • Hammock House Rentals @ Rock Springs - The Hammock House on the Wekiva River is a gorgeous resort rental cabin. It hosts 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms, stone fireplace, huge decks under an Oak Hammock right on the Wekiva River with 2 canoes available to guests. Looking for a quiet getaway? This vacation rental is a jewel in the woods, yet so close to Orlando, Sanford, Lake Mary, and Mount Dora.
  • Horseback Riding @ Rock Springs - We offer guided horseback trail rides at Rock Springs Run State Reserve. Horseback riding in Orlando does not have to be too "TOURISTY". This is a fun outdoor activity the whole family will enjoy. Florida wildlife is abundant in this park. This riding stable is convenient to Orlando, located in Lake County, just west of the Wekiva River. We are only 15 minutes from Mount Dora, 10 minutes from Sanford, 30 minutes from Orlando.

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