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Wekiwa Springs State Park Hiking Review

Wekiwa Springs State Park Hiking Review
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Wekiwa Springs State Park Hiking Review
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Summary

A nice hike through scrub and forest. Good wildlife sightings and a great swim in the springs afterwards. I really liked the park. They advise that you get there in the morning as the parking lot fills up quickly although I didn't see that as an issue the day I visited.

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User Rating: 4.0 (1 votes)
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Park Information

Wekiwa Springs State Park Map
Wekiwa Springs State Park Home Page

Address

Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Hours

8am – Sunset

Entrance Fee

$4.00 – $6.00




Wekiwa Springs State Park is located at 1800 Wekiwa Circle Apopka, FL 32712. There is a park entrance that ranges between $4-$6. The park is managed by the Florida Park Service. The park fills up quick so try to get there early in the morning.

The Wekiwa River runs through Wekiwa Springs State Park and was once inhabited by the Timucuan Indians. There are about 13 miles of hiking trails and you can also swim in the springs after your hike. I ended jumping in and got some good underwater photographs. The water stays around 72 degrees year round.

I spent most of my time on the Volksmarch trail and it lasted for about 8 miles. This trail uses orange blazes. The trail was flat and clear. It went through scrub, through a forest area and a recent controlled burn area. I looped back once I reached the pond and restroom area. I saw a gopher tortoise, a bunch of turkey and a hungry raccoon while there but that was about it as far as wildlife went. I understand that if you are there at dawn or dusk then you’ll see a lot more when they come out to eat.

Wekiwa Springs State Park Hiking Trails

  • Main hiking trail (13.5 Miles)
  • Volksmarch hiking trail (5.3 Miles)

Wekiwa Springs State Park Hiking Suggestions

  • Bring water
  • Good hiking shoes or boots
  • Snacks
  • Bug spray
  • Swim gear (You’ll want to swim the spring before/after hike)

Wekiwa Springs State Park is a nice one. I really enjoyed the aspect of hiking and jumping into a spring all in the same day, even though that day was in January. I kept thinking about the spring I was going to jump into when I was done with my hike so I probably did it in record time. I liked the trail and the different vegetation along the way. I saw a number of people out on the trail that day so it’s a busy park. I suggest getting there early and plan on spending the day.

 

Christopher

Chris spends his time photographing and taking video of wildlife and nature. He spent 2 years in high school studying forestry (Gainesville, FL) and is currently studying to be an Advanced Master Naturalist at the University of Florida. His mission is to inspire others to get outside and learn.

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