Activities

Some content on this website is saved in an alternative format. To view these files, download the following free software or you can skip to the main content if you already have the appropriate readers.

  • Use Adobe Acrobat to read Portable Document Format (PDF) files: Download Adobe® Reader®
  • Microsoft Word file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS- Word or have another version of MS-Word to open and view MS-Word files: Download Word file Viewer
  • Microsoft offers Microsoft Excel file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-Excel or have another version of MS-Excel to view MS-Excel files:Download Excel file viewer

Bicycling icon

Rock Springs Run - Bicycling

Cyclists of all levels can find a challenging and enjoyable ride on the 15 miles of multi-use trails. 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's visitors and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

Equestrian camping icon

Rock Springs Run - Camping Equestrian

Primitive horse camping is available at Rock Springs Run State Reserve on a first-come, first served basis. Horse stalls, corrals and posts for tethers are available.  A restroom with showers is available. Ground grills are provided and fires are only permitted in these grills. Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.

Tents are permitted and must be pitched in designated camping areas only. Recreational vehicle and trailer parking are on a first-come first-served basis. Temporary fencing 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.

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. The collection of fire wood is prohibited.

Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance  by phone and can be held with a Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express; if paying by check, payment must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made.  For reservations and fee information contact Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407.884.2009.

Primitive camping icon

Rock Springs Run - Camping Primitive

Canoe Camping: Two primitive canoe campsites are accessible only by canoe or kayak. Indian Mound and Buffalo Tram are two beautiful campsites located on Rock Springs Run. Travel to either site can begin from any livery along the Wekiva River or inside Wekiwa Springs State Park. Please refer to the canoe travel times located in the Canoeing & Kayaking section on the Wekiwa Springs State Park Activities page and the Canoe Map for location information.

These campsites are primitive. Both sites have fire rings and can accommodate up to 10 people each. Pets are permitted at these campsites in accordance with our Pet Policy. Campers are required to be at the primitive camp site at least two hours before park closing. Campers have no vehicle access to these sites.

Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance by calling Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407.884.2009 to make reservations.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented inside Wekiwa Springs State Park or at other liveries along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River. You can even plan trips to include other canoe sites located in Wekiwa Springs State Park. Further information on overnight canoe or kayak rentals, shuttles, or guided trips can be obtained at Nature Adventures or by calling 1.407.884.4311.

Geoseeking icon

Rock Springs Run - Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

Hiking and nature trail icon

Rock Springs Run - Hiking Nature Trail

The Reserve has 14 miles of hiking trails that take hikers through sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, bayheads, oak hammocks and swamps.

The most unique natural feature of the Reserve is the spring/run river system which surrounds most of the Reserve's perimeter and can be accessed from the hiking trails. This system is formed from the discharge of several artesian springs together with the tannic runoff from the surrounding watershed, creating one of the most scenic canoe trails in Central Florida. It is truly beautiful and wonderfully serene!

Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional bicyclist, horseback rider, or park vehicle. Please stay on designated trails, hike responsibly, and respect the park's visitors and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your hike accordingly.

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

Note: Rock Springs Run State Reserve has several weekend hunts from October to January, during the hunt weekends parts of the trail system will be closed and all hunting areas posted for your safety. See park alerts for more information

Horse and equestrian trails icon

Rock Springs Run - Horse Equestrian Trail

Rock Springs Run State Reserve has 17 miles of horse trails that are multi-use trails taking the rider through a variety of plant communities and near Rock Springs Run.  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's visitors and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly

Horses are not permitted in the spring run. There is a flowing well along the trail for thirsty horses but this water is non-potable and not for human comsumption.

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.

Note: Rock Springs Run State Reserve has several weekend hunts from October to January, during the hunt weekends parts of the trail system will be closed and all hunting areas posted for your safety. See park alerts for more information.

Cabins icon

Rock Springs Run - Lodge

The Hammock House on the Wekiva River is a gorgeous resort rental cabin. It boasts four bedrooms/four bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, billards room, stone fireplace, huge decks under an Oak Hammock with two canoes available to guests. There is also a stable associated with the house, if you have horses.

This vacation rental is a jewel in the woods, yet so close to Orlando, Sanford, Lake Mary and Mount Dora. For information and reservations, contact Debbie Zito at Cactus Jack or (352) 266-9326.

Multiple images of the Hammock House, view from deck and barn.

Pets icon

Rock Springs Run - Pets

Pets are welcome in the reserve and on the trails. Pets are not permitted in any primitive camping sites (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 icon

Rock Springs Run - Restroom Facilities

There is one restroom and 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.

Tours icon

Rock Springs Run - Tours

Guided Trail rides are available at Rock Springs Run through the parks riding concession, Cactus Jack.  Let them schedule your trail ride from the beautiful Rock Springs riding stable area within Rock Springs Run Reserve. Some trails are shaded and some are open and scenic. This is Florida at its best. Typical rides are for 1, 1.5 or 2 hours, but they can customize a ride for your group. Enjoy your ride with experienced guides on nice, gentle horses along beautiful trails through the park. Ages 6 and up-no double riding! Singles, couples, or large groups are welcome.  For more information and reservations, call 352-266-9326.

Wildlife viewing icon

Rock Springs Run - Wildlife Viewing

The Florida black bear, Florida scrub jay, sandhill crane, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and a variety of more common species often are seen throughout the Reserve.