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Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

 Activities at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cyclists of all levels can find a challenging and enjoyable ride in the Preserve. Bicycling is permitted on the Nature Trail located at the Southern entrance of the preserve (trail is approximately 2.5 miles). The 18 miles of trails located at the Northern entrance of the preserve are multi-use trails and bicyclists are welcome. Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, horseback rider, or park vehicle. Please stay on designated trails, ride responsibly, and respect the park and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly.

Persons under the age of 16 are required by State Law to wear a helmet while bicycling.

The trails are located in a wilderness area.
Please take water, a compass and a map when utilizing them.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Canoe and kayak launching is available at Katie’s Landing located on Wekiva Park Drive off of SR 46 in Sorrento.  This is the only launch area in the preserve.

 

Camping, Equestrian

Camping, Equestrian

Primitive camping at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is only available to those camping with horses. Primitive horse camping is available inside the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park entrance off of State Road 44.

Horses are welcome in the northern portion of Lower Wekiva located off of State Road 44 in Lake County. Horses are not allowed on the southern portion of Lower Wekiva. This is the portion of the property is located off of State Road 46, just east of the Wekiva River in Seminole County.

At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Pack in all food, water and firewood and pack out all trash. A restroom with showers facility is available. Fires are permitted only in the ground grills provided. Tents must be pitched in designated camping areas. The collection of fire wood is prohibited.

RV and trailer parking are on a first-come first-serve basis. Horse stalls and corrals are also on a first-come-first serve basis. Posts for tethers are available, but temporary fencing of any kind is not permitted. Non-potable water is available for the horses and there are troughs in several locations.

Proof of negative Coggins must be carried at all times.

Call the park at (407) 884-2009 for fee information and reservations. Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. An accurate count of campers and horses is required for all reservations. All reservations made by phone can be held with a Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express, or if paying by check, it must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

One way to s ee the preserve is by traveling through on the Wekiva River.  Canoe and kayak launching is available at Katie’s Landing located on Wekiva Park Drive off of SR 46 in Sorrento.

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park.  Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.  Seeking Geocaches in the park may take you to areas you have not visited before or teach you a new fact about the park; either way, you are sure to have a memorable adventure!

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The self-guided Sand Hill Nature Trail offers a leisurely 50-minute walk (approximately 2.5 miles). Visitors can access this trail through the southern entrance of the preserve off of S.R. 46.

There are 18 miles of multi-use trails for hiking accessible at the Northern entrance of the Preserve off S.R. 44. Because these trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional bicyclist, horseback rider, or park vehicle.

The Florida National Scenic Trail runs through Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park and is maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

Please stay on designated trails, hike responsibly, and respect the park and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your hike accordingly.

Lower Wekiwa Hiking Map - Fectal Tract

Lower Wekiva Hiking Map - South Entrance

The trails are located in a wilderness area.
Please take water, a compass and a map when utilizing them.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Their are 18 miles of horse trails accessible through the Northern entrance of the Preserve.

Horses and riders are required to stay on the designated horse trails.

Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, bicyclist, or park vehicle. Please ride responsibly, and respect the park and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly.

Proof of Negative Coggins is required.

The trails are located in a wilderness area.
Please take water, a compass and a map when utilizing them.

Pets

Pets

Pets are welcome in the preserve and on the trails. Pets are not permitted in any primitive camping area (horses are permitted for camping but only in the horse camping area). Pets must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

There is one restroom in the area near the horse stalls. This facility is ADA accessible and there is ADA parking directly in front of the building.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

There is a shower facility in the area near the horse stalls. This facility is ADA accessible and there is ADA parking directly in front of the building.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Florida black bear, river otter, American alligator, sandhill crane, indigo snake and a variety of more common native species may be observed while horse-back riding, hiking, bicycling or canoeing through the Preserve.