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Central Florida - Wekiwa Springs State Park, Rock Springs State Reserve, Lower Wekiwa River Preserve
Central Florida - Wekiwa Springs State Park, Rock Springs State Reserve, Lower Wekiwa River Preserve
Central Florida - Wekiwa Springs State Park, Rock Springs State Reserve, Lower Wekiwa River Preserve
Central Florida - Wekiwa Springs State Park, Rock Springs State Reserve, Lower Wekiwa River Preserve
Central Florida - Wekiwa Springs State Park, Rock Springs State Reserve, Lower Wekiwa River Preserve
Central Florida - Wekiwa Springs State Park, Rock Springs State Reserve, Lower Wekiwa River Preserve
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Lower Wekiva River State Preserve
Lower Wekiva River State Preserve is comprised of almost 18,000 acres of environmentally significant land bordering six miles of the St. Johns River and the lower four miles of the Wekiva River and Black Water Creek. Almost 5,000 acres of the preserve was purchased by the state of Florida in 1976 to protect portions of the Lower Wekiva River while allowing recreational use. Additional purchases in 1994 and 1995 have formed a wildlife corridor along the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers connecting to the Ocala National Forest.
WILDLIFE
 The preserve has a variety of plant communities that maintain a high species diversity and biological richness. They range from the high, dry sandhills and sandpine scrub to river swamp. The unique natural feature of the preserve is the system of blackwater streams and their associated wetlands which provide superb habitat for a variety of rare and endangered animals. The Florida black bear, river otter, American alligator, wood stork, sandhill crane, indigo snake and a variety of more common native species may be observed while canoeing through or hiking in the preserve.

HISTORY
Native American Indians also valued the abundance of wildlife. They lived here before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513. Many mounds are located along the Wekiva River. The mounds or “kitchen middens” are the only visible remains of the Indians’ former presence on the preserve and are protected for future archaeological investigations.

ACTIVITIES
The self-guided Sandhill Nature Trail offers a leisurely 50-minute walk.

CAMPING
There are three (3) backpacking campsites at Lower Wekiva River State Preserve that accessible off of SR 44. Each site has a maximum occupancy of ten (10) people. Fees are $3.00 plus tax for each adult and $2.00 plus tax for children under 18. Children under 6 are free. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance. To make reservations you must send a check or money order to Wekiwa Springs State Park or stop by the park and pay in person no later than 5 to 7 days in advance of your reservations. When calling to make reservations we need an accurate count, we are not responsible for overpayment. At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Limited restroom facilities are available. No potable water is available. Pack in all water, food, and firewood, and pack out all trash. Fires are allowed only within the provided ground grills. Fire may be prohibited during hazardous conditions. Tents must be pitched in designated campsites only. The collection of firewood is prohibited.

HORSE CAMPING
Horse primitive camping is available only at Lower Wekiva River State Preserve located off SR 44. The horse corral will hold up to 15 horses. This number is the maximum unless special arrangements have been made in advance with park management. All rules are the same as backpacking rules for this site. The collection of firewood is prohibited. Proof of negative Coggins test is required for all horses. Horses must stay on designated trails. Fees are $3.00 plus tax for each adult and $2.00 plus tax for children under 18, per night. Children under 6 are free. Horses are $5.00 per night plus tax. If you have any questions or need to make reservations please call 407/884-2008.

For more information, contact:
Lower Wekiva River
c/o Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
(407) 884-2008

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