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. Or rent a canoe,...
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Wekiwa Springs - Accessible Amenities
Wekiwa Springs State Park is committed to providing accessible amenities to all our visitors. The amenities offered are:
- Chair Lift for Spring Access
- Accessible campsites (4)
Wekiwa Springs - Bicycling
Bicyclists of all levels can find a challenging and enjoyable ride in the park. The off-road bicycle trail is approximately 9 miles long, but bicycles are also permitted on the 8 miles of horse trails. Because these are multi-use trails, 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.
Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under. The trails are located in a wilderness area.
Wekiwa Springs - Birding
Wekiwa Springs has a large number of birds that inhabit the sandhills, scrub, hardwood hammocks and waterways of the park. Wekiwa Springs is part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail.
Wekiwa Springs - Camping
Slopes of gently rolling hills supporting longleaf pine among other specialty plants is the Sandhill habitat where the 60 spacious campsites are located. Each wooded site has water and electrical hook-up, a fire ring with grill and a picnic table. Some sites also have sewer hook-ups and a dump station is located at the campground. Accessible camp sites can be requested at the time of reservation. Two accessible restrooms with showers are located in the camping area. Firewood is available at the Ranger Station. Well behaved pets are allowed in the campground in accordance with our Pet Policy.
The Florida Black Bear is a native of Wekiwa Springs State Park that you may encounter during your stay with us. For your enjoyment of the park and safety please review our Bear Awareness or ask a Park Ranger for more information.
Recreational vehicles up to 50 feet can be accommodated. Reservation for the camping facilities can be made online at Reserve America or by calling 1.800.326.3521
Wekiwa Springs - Camping Equestrian
Camp with your horses at Big Fork, a spacious site with easy access conveniently located off the horse trail. The site will accommodate up to 10 people. The trails to these sites are located in a wilderness area. Please take water, a compass and a map. Campers are required to be at the primitive camp site at least two hours before park closing to be permitted to camp. Campers have no vehicle access to these sites. Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy. Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the park at 407.884.2009.
Wekiwa Springs - Camping Primitive
Hike out to Camp Cozy (approximately 3 miles) or Big Fork (approximately 1 mile) located just off the main hiking trail and enjoy the wilderness of Wekiwa in peaceful seclusion.
Each site will accommodate up to ten people. Each site has a fire pit with a grill, benches and a picnic table. Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy (horses are permitted at Big Fork).
Or canoe/kayak to one of the two campsites in Wekiwa Springs State Park that can only be accessed by water. Otter Camp and Big Buck Camp are located on beautiful Rock Springs Run. Travel to either site can begin from any livery along the Wekiva River or inside Wekiwa Springs State Park. These campsites are primitive. Both sites have fire rings and can accommodate up to ten people each.
Campers have no vehicle access to these sites. Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. For information and reservations contact the park at (407) 884-2009. Rates are $5.00 per person, per night, plus tax. For your safety, campers are required to be at the primitive camp site at least two hours before park closing to be permitted to camp. Please see the travel times provided under the Canoe & Kayak activity icon to help plan your trip.
Canoes and kayaks can be rented inside Wekiwa Springs State Park or at other liveries along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River. Further information on overnight canoe or kayak rentals can be obtained by calling our canoe rental stand at (407) 884-4311 or by visiting their website, Nature Adventures.
Wekiwa Springs - Camping, Devel. Group
The youth group cabin area is used for environmental education and groups reserving the area must meet eligibility requirements. The camp accommodates up to 160 people. Thirteen youth cabins with bunk beds each accommodate 10 people. Six leader cabins will accommodate up to 30 people. The camp also includes a pavilion, recreation hall, kitchen and dining hall. The youth camp is accessible.
Make your reservations early - cabins are booked months in advance. There is a minimum nightly charge which includes the first sixty (60) people. There will be an additional charge for each additional person. A deposit is required for all reservations and will be applied to the final balance. For more information and reservations, call the Park at 407.884.2006
The Youth Camp is not available during June and July. The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC) has a summer camp program during this time. For additional information about the FFGC program can be found on their Wekiwa Youth Camp website.
Wekiwa Springs - Camping, Primitive Grp
Three primitive youth group camping sites each accommodate up to 20 people. Amenities include ground grill, picnic tables, a restroom and an open-air shower. Each site is limited to 5 vehicles. Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy. For information and reservations, contact the park at 407.884.2009
Wekiwa Springs - Canoeing and Kayaking
Enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the park by canoe or kayak out on the Wekiva River or Rock Springs Run. You can begin your trip inside the park or enter the park from any launch site along the Wekiva River or Rock Springs Run. A map of the river and a list of the launch sites is available on the Wekiwa Wild & Scenic River website (link is external). If entering from outside the park an Entrance Fees of $2.00 per person is required.
Canoe and kayak rentals are available at our concession, Wekiwa Springs State Park Nature Adventures. For information on rentals and fees please see the Nature Adventures (link is external) website or call them at 1.407.884.4311.
The distances provided here can be used to help plan your trip. These are approximated distances; for GPS coordinates of the various points please see the Paddle Wekiva Brochure (link is external) on the Wekiva Wild & Scenic website. To approximate travel time most canoe forums say a canoe with 2 people and 25 lbs. of equipment can average 3 mph/4.8 kph on still water. Traveling with the current will be faster than against and a kayak will be slightly faster as well.
DISTANCES BETWEEN POINTS OF INTEREST
Wekiwa Springs to Wekiva Island (Wekiva River) – 1 mile/1.6 km
Wekiwa Springs to Otter Camp (Rock Spring Run) – 3 miles/4.8 km
Wekiwa Springs to Indian Mound (Rock Springs Run) – 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km
Wekiwa Springs to Buffalo Tram (Wekiva River) – 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km
Wekiwa Springs to Big Buck (Rock Springs Run) – 4 miles/6.4 km
Wekiwa Springs to Kelly Park (Rock Springs Run) – 9.5 miles/15.3 km
Wekiwa Springs to Katie’s Landing (Wekiva River) – 10 miles/16.0 km
Be Advised - Due to the nature of the spring it is necessary to portage your canoe or kayak a significant distance up and down slope on uneven ground. Please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria for more information. If you need assistance please contact the Ranger Station and we will work to accommodate you.
Wekiwa Springs - Concession and Restaurant
The park concession is open for your convenience daily from 9am-5pm. Snacks and cold drinks are always available and on busy summer weekends, grill items such as hot dogs and hamburgers are also sold. The concession stand usually has any item that you may have forgotten to make the most of your visit to the park; stop by for insect repellent, sunscreen, an underwater camera, towel or a snorkel mask. You can also pick up a souvenir to remember your visit - try a Wekiwa t-shirt or hat!
Wekiwa Springs - Fishing
Wekiwa Springs - 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!
Wekiwa Springs - Hiking Nature Trail
There are several trails available at Wekiwa Springs State Park, ranging in length from .8 of a mile to 13.5 miles. The shortest trail has a boardwalk that allows an opportunity to observe the beauty of a river hammock. The boardwalk portion of this trail meets ADA standards. For those feeling more adventurous, our longest trail provides an opportunity to see several plant communities ranging from river swamp to dry sandhill. Some of the animals you may encounter while enjoying the trails include the Florida black bear, white tailed deer, bobcat, gopher tortoise, turkeys and many other bird species.
Some of our trails are designated as multi-use, so be prepared to encounter the occasional bicyclist or horseback rider. We also recommend that you take some items such as water, snacks, insect repellent, map, compass and cell phone. Please enjoy the nature trails responsibly and respect the park's visitors and wildlife. A trail map can be obtained at the park Ranger Station and at the trail heads.
Wekiwa Springs - Horse Equestrian Trail
Horseback riders will enjoy the Tram Bed Horse Trail which is named for its western portion-the bed of an old railroad line. This trail was constructed by hand about 100 years ago for use as a passenger line. Rails were never laid for the passenger line. Instead, the rail bed was used to haul pine logs on a narrow gauge line in the early 1900s. The trail is approximately eight miles long and divided into two loops. It is marked with a Green Blaze and/or Horse and Rider Emblems on wooden posts at all crossroads.
Because these trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, bicyclist, or park vehicle. Horses and riders are required to stay on the designated horse trails.
A corral is provided at the start of the trail for trailer parking. Water for horses only is available at one location, Camp Big Fork. 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.
Proof of negative Coggins is required.
Wekiwa Springs - Interpretive Exhibit
The Nature Center located above the parks main spring has examples of wildlife that occur within the Wekiva River Basin and some historical artifacts. Visitors have the opportunity to get up close and personal with snakes, turtles and an alligator. The Nature Center is ADA accessible. We are fortunate to have a volunteer-operated Nature Center here at Wekiwa Springs and we are always looking for qualified individuals to become members of our volunteer work force. For information on becoming a volunteer see the Get Involved sectionn of our webpage.
Wekiwa Springs - Meetings and Retreats
The Recreation Hall and Dining Hall of our Youth Camp can be rented individually on a daily basis by any group when the full Youth Camp is not in use. Both buildings can accommodate up to 150 people, have full restroom facilities and ADA accessibility. Rental fees are $200.00 for the Recreation Hall and $300.00 for the Dining Hall, which includes the kitchen. Rental of these buildings is for the day and during normal park operating hours. Park entrance fees are not included. For more information and reservations, please contact the park on (407) 884.2006.
Wekiwa Springs - Pets
Pets are allowed in the Park at Wekiwa Springs State Park. All pets must be on a hand-held, 6 foot leash at all times. Pets may not be left unattended. You may walk your pet along the trails, and in use areas, but they are not allowed in the swimming area. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles.
Service animals are allowed in all areas of the park.
Wekiwa Springs - Picnic Pavilion
There are two pavilions that are available for groups, such as family outings and company picnics. Each pavilion holds up to 100 people. There is electricity, water, a double charcoal grill and picnic tables in each pavilion.
The Live Oak pavilion is ADA accessible and is located near the playground. The Sink Hole pavilion is slightly closer to the spring than the Live Oak pavilion and is near a restroom facility.
Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance at a cost of $75.00 per day. Payment for the rental of the pavilion is due at the time of rental. Park entrance fees are not included. No refunds will be made for cancellations within two weeks of the rental date.
The park does close on busy days when the park reaches maximum capacity, especially in the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you are renting a pavilion, hosting an event or have been invited to an event please plan accordingly. Reserving a pavilion does not guarantee your party's entry or re-entry into the park, if closed once maximum capacity is reached. For further information or to make reservations, call 407-884-2009
Wekiwa Springs - Picnicking
A picnic area including picnic tables and grills is located near the spring. A playground, volleyball court and horseshoe pit are also located in this area. Picnic tables are also provided at Sand Lake. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.
Wekiwa Springs - Playground
A small playground is located in the picnic area near the pavilions.
Wekiwa Springs - Restroom Facilities
The day-use facilities at the headspring in Wekiwa Springs State Park contain three restrooms: one in the picnic area, one at the rear of the park's concession and one above the swimming area. The swimming area restroom contains changing rooms. All restrooms are accessible to those with disabilities that fall under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) either by sidewalk or boardwalk.
The family campground contains restroom and shower facilities in each campground loop. These are ADA accessible.
Sand Lake has an ADA accessible restroom facility.
Wekiwa Springs - Snorkeling
Snorkel in crystal clear Wekiwa Springs where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. Children and non-swimmers should be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times. The swimming area is open from 8:00 a.m. until park closing.
Diving and jumping are not permitted. Snorkeling is not permitted in Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run or the Wekiva River.
No lifeguards are on duty. Snorkelers and swimmers do so at their own risk.
Wekiwa Springs - Swimming
Swim in crystal clear Wekiwa Springs where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The spring is located in a natural setting perfect for spreading a blanket and having a picnic. Individual size flotation devices are allowed in the swimming area. Children and non-swimmers should be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times. The swimming area is open from 8:00 a.m. until park closing.
Diving and jumping are not permitted. Swimming is not permitted in Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run or the Wekiva River.
No lifeguards are on duty. Snorkelers and swimmers do so at their own risk.
A swim lift is now available at the water’s edge. The lift is intended to enable visitors who need assistance entering and exiting the spring water. The lift is hydraulically powered and rated for use by people weighing up to 400 pounds to use themselves or with the assistance of a companion. The seat may remain in the water until the user is ready to get out of the spring. If you would like the assistance of the swim lift to enter the water, please notify park staff as you enter the park or once you are in the park so that we may turn on the device and make it available to you.
Wekiwa Springs - Wildlife Viewing
Visitors may see many types of wildlife throughout the park and a good place for viewing is right along Main Park Drive. Early morning and right before sunset are typically the best times for viewing white-tail deer. Wild turkeys can be seen throughout the day in all areas of the park. The best places to see Sherman's fox squirrels are on the trails that go past the Youth Camp.