Wekiwa Springs State Park is a convenient place to see what Florida was like before all the tourists and theme parks. And why do locals love this land despite its heat, humidity and mosquitoes?
Wekiwa Springs State Park is a 7,800-acre scenic wonder little changed from the days when the Timucuan Indians speared fish in the spring-fed creeks and stalked deer in the uplands.
Amazing that this is still here since as the metropolitan Orlando area grows ever denser and larger, this state park still is a place where wading birds, otters, raccoons, alligators and even black bears thrive. It also contains extensive hiking and primitive wilderness camping. (See trail map)
However, the real attraction for many is the main spring boil. Its 72-degree water is perfect for swimming on warm summer days. Rent a canoe or kayak almost any time of year for exploring the clear spring run or setting out for overnight primitive camping.
Wekiwa Springs State Park displays Central Florida at its most natural and scenic. If it’s warm, consider bringing a picnic lunch and a blanket to sit and relax on the lawn overlooking the spring boil. Or swim in the spring water. Or camp overnight in a tent or RV site.