Finding the right spot to go camping can be a challenge, especially if it’s with a group of people with different interests. A great location that has a little bit of something for everyone is Wekiwa Springs State Park. Whether you’re looking for a campsite with lots of amenities or are looking for a place to hike for miles to a primitive site, Wekiwa Springs is a perfect place to visit.
What Makes It Great
Wekiwa Springs is famous for its springs with water that stays at 72 degrees year round. This cool temperature attracts visitors and campers who are looking to escape the Florida heat. In addition the to the springs the park includes miles of biking and hiking trails for campers looking to explore the park. You will also have the opportunity to canoe or kayak along the Wekiva River. Equipment can be rented at the concession stand near the spring.
If you’re looking for full-facility campsites Wekiwa Springs State Park offers 60 sites. Each site includes access to water and electric as well as showers and bathrooms close by. The campsites are located just down the road from the spring, so you’re able to take your bike over instead of driving. Also, the trails are a short walk from the campsites for easy access when you are ready to start your hike or ride. Most of the sites are shaded and large enough for you to spread out and get comfortable.
If backpacking is more your style the park offers 3 primitive campsites (Camp Big Fork, Live Oak and Camp Cozy) located along the Main hiking trail. The trail is a 13.5 mile loop, which makes for a great overnight backpacking trip. If you’re interested in a longer hike you can add any of the other 5 trails together to extend your trip. Each primitive site includes a fire ring and can accommodate up to 10 people. Make sure you call ahead for reservations before you head out.
In order to access the Main hiking trail you can start off at one of the two main trailheads. One is located near the Ranger Station and the other near Sand Lake. All of the trails will take you through sunny upland areas to dense forest. The Main hiking trail also brings you over to the springs in case you’re looking for a way to cool off.
As with any location in Florida rain is always an issue. Be sure to check the forecast. Bring along your rain gear even if the chance of rain in low. You never know when a thunderstorm will pop up. Also, remember to drink plenty of water while camping. The Florida heat can ruin any camping experience if you’re not careful.
Who is Going to Love It
Wekiwa Springs State Park has something for everyone, so the entire family is sure to have a great time. If you’re planning on backpacking with a group or going solo you’ll definitely enjoy the long hiking trails and primitive campsites.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
When you arrive at the Wekiwa Springs stop at the Ranger station to check in. The ranger will then give you instructions based on the type of camping you’re planning on. If you’re camping at one of the primitive sites, make sure to arrive 2 hours before sunset in order to give yourself enough time to get there.
Keep in mind that this park can get extremely busy during the summer and weekends. Make sure you call ahead for primitive campsites reservations or go to the park website for full-facility campsites. Remember this is a state park so there will be a per night fee for all camping.