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Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Copyright: Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Description - If you're seeking a quiet destination for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, Rock Springs Run State Reserve makes a good choice. The park is located in central Florida and has experienced little of man's intrusive effects. The park has nearly 15,000 miles of pine woodland or live scrub oak habitat tucked between Rock Springs Run and Wekiva River. Once inhabited by Seminoles, the rich waterways provided an abundance of fish and shellfish. Today, the fish and native plant life still provide sustenance, not for American Indians, but for the Florida black bears. Rock Springs Run State Reserve boasts one of the state's largest populations of the black bear, evidenced by the huge fencing used by the Florida Park System to enclose the park.

Attractions - Mountain bikes, hikers and equestrians find this central Florida site one of the best. Over 30 miles of pathway accommodate a combination of users. Rock Springs does not have a ranger station at the entrance, instead a kiosk with an "honor" box and plenty of trail maps.

The park is flanked by Rock Springs Run and Wekiva River, favorite canoe routes. A canoe launch is offered upstream at Wekiva Springs State Park. However, the park does offer primitive camping along both waterways.

In addition to the plentiful Florida black bear, resident wildlife includes some of Florida's federally threatened and endangered species including the sandhill crane, scrub jay, gopher tortoise, eastern indigo snake and wood storks. Additional wildlife life includes the red-shouldered hawk, American alligator, river otters, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, coyote, and fox. This reserve does permit hunting.

Recreation - The most popular recreations at Rock Springs Run State Reserve include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Canoeing is enjoyed; however, the canoe launch is not on site.

Horse camping, stalls, and trailer parking is available.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. Summer Fahrenheit temperatures average in the mid to high 80's (28 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Precipitation for the central area averages anywhere from 56 inches to less than 52 inches per year. The region offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Rock Springs Run State Preserve is approximately 30 miles north of Orlando off Interstate 41, Exit 51. Travel west about 8 - 10 miles along State Route 46 to reach the park entrance located on the southside of SR 46.


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Filed By: JT (Orlando, FL)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On 3/22/05 I launched my kayak from King's Landing for a small fee, but it's a safe place to park your vehicle. Paddled up Wekiwa to the run & turned north. Current is noticable in the shallows. After hopping over one downed tree(didn't have to get out of the boat, but canoes do)the paddle was easy enough. Several canoes had more difficulty with the few downed trees to get over and some very shallow areas, a few inexperienced paddlers dumped themselves to everyone's entertainment. Half way up the tree canopy opens up and you have very shallow water to cut through a narrow path of weeds and hiacenths. Later, the canopy returns and the current becomes more interesting. If you're careless, a hidden log here or there will give you a wet surprise. Not much wildlife, but this was due to the noise of other paddlers. Farther upstream, the run becomes a little more technical due to sharp turns, downed trees and a stronger current in some places, but you still don't have to get out of the boat. Overall, it is an enjoyable paddle.


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Contact Information:
Rock Springs Run State Preserve, c/o Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wediwa Circle , Apopka, FL, 32712, Phone: 352-735-6266

Additional Information:
Central Florida - Central Florida was once the cattle and citrus farming capitol of Florida. Today, it is well known for its high-tech theme parks. However, outdoor enthusiasts need not search far to find an extensive list of natural attractions.
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Orlando Area -

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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