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Wekiwa Springs State Park

Central Florida, Florida

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  • Small flowers line the walkways in warm weather.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Hungry squirrel eyeing the picnic area.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Boardwalks run throughout the park.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Accessible swimming area.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Canoe rentals are available.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Rent a kayak to explore the Wekiwa River.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Use canoes to get a unique view of the spring run.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • The swimming area is surrounded with comfortable walkways.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Looking down to the spring.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Boardwalks offer a nice vantage point.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • A nature center with all sorts of educational tidbits.- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • The spring nestled at the base of a hill that is perfect for picnics!- Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • - Wekiwa Springs State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Accessible. Various day use areas.
Cons: 
Seasonal crowds. Limited underwater visibility.
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Region:
Central Florida, FL
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Portage required: 
Yes
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Shuttle required: 
No
Typically multi-day: 
No
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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On the headwaters of the Wekiwa River, which has been designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, lies Wekiwa Springs State Park. The park features ADA-accessible facilities, day use areas, camping, swimming, fishing, and paddle sports, ensuring a fun day full of various outdoor activities!

The park features a 13-mile trail system with boardwalks as well as more rustic hiking and cycling areas. Gorgeous river hammock views abound throughout the park's property, with wildlife viewing aplenty. Black bears, white tailed deer, gopher tortoises, and a variety of interesting bird, reptile, and amphibian species can all be spotted by sharp eyed observers. (Of course, it is important to always practice passive observation techniques and maintain a safe distance!)

Beginning at the headspring itself, park visitors can explore one of Florida's most scenic waterways from the water itself. The spring pool is 72 degrees year round, which makes for a most refreshing dip on a hot Florida summer day. Further downstream, the run and river are accessible by kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. Trips can be made to multiple landings, ranging from a 1-mile to a 10-mile paddle.

As one of central Florida's most popular natural destinations, it is always best to plan ahead to visit this park, especially on weekends and during the summer! The park often reaches capacity quickly.

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