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The calendar may say it is winter but it is a great time to take a break and unwind from your busy life in this beautiful state park just 16 miles from downtown Orlando. Wekiwa is a full service state park with something for everyone. With the days being cooler why not hike along a portion of more than 13 miles of trails and then revitalize in the refreshing 72 degree spring.
There is a chill in the air this winter! At Big Shoals State Park we have over 28 miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding, we are an ideal family outing. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail the park is full of songs and calls of native and migrating birds. For those that like to hike in the late afternoon, we have a bat house at the Big Shoals entrance. Anyone that sticks around for the sunset will be able to see hundreds of Mexican Free-Tailed Bats fly out. Definitely a sight to see!
Two picnic areas are available within the park. You can choose to find a vacant picnic table on the grounds, or if the pavilions are not rented you may utilize these as well. Whether you bring a packed lunch or cook on a grill nothing beats the taste of food when eaten in the great outdoors. Please remember that it is not only against the law to feed the wildlife but it is un-healthy for them as well.
Four picnic pavilions can be found throughout the park. Three of the pavilions around Mac Lake are available for rent but any of them can be used as first come first served when not rented. The pavilions are different sizes and depending on size are equipped with 4 to 18 picnic tables and accommodate 24 to 108 people. They are perfect for picnic, family reunions, meetings and all types of gatherings. Each pavilion is equipped with a charcoal grill for cooking in the great outdoors. For visitor safety and protection of our wildlife, bouncehouses and the like are strongly discouraged.