Just minutes from downtown Orlando, Florida, you’ll find Wekiwa Springs State Park. This is the perfect getaway destination for any RV camper. This park is absolutely beautiful with the crystal springs flowing right into the Wekiva river. This area was originally named Clay Springs until 1906, but Wekiwa, which means “spring of water” fit the title better, and Wekiva, meaning “flowing water” went nicely along with it. This land was originally bought by the Apopka Sportsman Club in 1941, then sold to the state of Florida, which turned it into the state park that we all know and love today. Now you can come here and enjoy a wide array of activities from hiking, biking, and horseback riding to swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking. The summers here are hot and humid, making all water activities all the more enjoyable. Even better news is that when you visit during the off-season, you can still do many of the same things such as hiking, but without as much sweat, crowds, and bugs. Bringing your RV to Wekiwa Springs State Park is always a good idea during any time of the year.
RV Rentals in Wekiwa Springs State Park
Transportation in Wekiwa Springs State Park
When you visit this park, you should not run into any problems on the road, even if you drive a large RV. Navigating to the park as well as inside the park is very easy, so you should have nothing to worry about when driving at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Wekiwa Springs is a very popular attraction, so parking is always fairly limited, regardless of what kind of vehicle you take. They have a 250 car capacity, and once they reach that number, the park temporarily shuts down. It would be smart to set up your RV at a campsite, then head out with your smaller vehicle to avoid running into further problems.
Campgrounds and parking in Wekiwa Springs State Park
Campsites in Wekiwa Springs State Park
Orlando SE / Lake Whippoorwill KOA
There’s a place where you can find fun, sun and relaxation in the midst of the hustle and bustle of busy Orlando, that place is the Orlando SE / Lake Whippoorwill KOA. The campground is spread out over more than 350 acres and is home to the lovely Lake Whippoorwill. It’s the perfect place for fishing and boating. Plus, the park is not a far drive from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Some camp amenities include an exclusive boat ramp, pool, hot tub, rec hall and more. Canoe rentals are also available on-site. The campground offers Wi-Fi and cable TV, and sites offer 50-amp service. There’s also a convenient Kamping Kitchen on the grounds, and firewood and propane are available on-site for purchase.
Orlando NW / Orange Blossom KOA
If you want to avoid the hassle of traffic and have a relaxing stay in the heart of Florida, then Orlando NW / Orange Blossom KOA is the campground you’ve been looking for. It’s only minutes from most of central Florida’s most popular attractions, including SeaWorld, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND Florida and Walt Disney World Resort. It’s also close to the great shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues of Mount Dora. The Orlando NW / Orange Blossom KOA has everything you need for a fun-filled holiday, including a playground, dog park, shuffleboard courts, a large swimming pool and more. Plus, all RV sites include patios and full hookups.
The Campground at Wekiwa Springs State Park
As long as your RV is under 50 feet in length, you will be welcome to stay at the campground located here at this wonderful state park. There are 60 campsites total, each one providing lots of space and natural scenery for you to enjoy. You’ll also have a picnic table and fire ring with a grill, no matter which site you choose. Along with that comes electrical hookups and water. Some sites even have sewer hookups. Nearby, you’ll find a dump station, as well as restroom and shower facilities. If you require an accessible site, they are available here and can be requested upon making reservations. You can also bring your pet along with you during your stay. Be aware of black bears though, as they are native to the park. Wekiwa Springs State Park is devoted to giving you everything you need to have a pleasant RV camping trip right here.
There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at this state park.
If you’re looking for something a bit different than your typical RV camping trip, and you really want to dive deep into nature, you can go primitive camping. In order to do this, you’ll need to hike about three miles away from the main hiking trail to reach Camp Cozy. The campsites that you’ll find here are pretty spacious, accommodating up to 10 people per site. You’ll have a picnic table, a grill, and a fire pit. If you’ve brought a canoe or kayak, you can also go across water to get to Otter Camp and Big Buck Camp. Wherever you decide to go camping, you’ll need to make reservations. You can do this up to 60 days in advance.
If you’ve brought your horses along with you on this trip, you’ll definitely want to stay at Big Fork - a large campsite that is made for accommodating up to 10 people, along with horses. It is situated conveniently right next to the horse trail, so you won’t have to go very far in order to reach the trail where you can ride your horse. However, it's important to note that these sites are located in a wilderness area of the park. You must walk to these sites as there is no vehicle access. It's recommended that you bring water, a compass, and a map before you hike out to these campsites.
Seasonal activities in Wekiwa Springs State Park
There are two places that you can fish here - Wekiva River is one spot of course, but there is also Sand Lake that you can settle in at. Be sure to check regulations for fishing licenses and the number, type, and size of fish that you’re allowed to catch and keep.
Wekiva River and Rocks Springs Run are two great places to take your canoe or kayak out for some paddling. If you don't feel like lugging your bat in your rig, you can rent one at the concession. You might want to get a map of the river, which includes the locations of the launch sites, before heading out.
There are so many different animals and wildlife here at Wekiwa Springs - probably because they like the environment as much as you do. The best place and time to see deer is on Main Park Drive on early mornings and right as the sun is setting in the evenings. Wild turkeys and squirrels are also pretty common throughout the park, as well as all kinds of different species of birds.
If snorkeling isn’t your thing, you can still take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the spring water by hopping in for a swim. Don’t actually jump or dive though, as this is not allowed here. The Wekiwa Spring is also surrounded by areas that are perfect for having a picnic or laying out on a blanket. So make sure you pack that swimsuit and sunscreen in your camper to be prepared out on the water in the Florida sun.
When you visit this park, you’ll have the opportunity to really discover all that Wekiwa Springs has to offer by going under and snorkeling in the crystal clear water. The water is truly refreshing in the summertime, when the weather is hot and the water is cool - 72 degrees year-round, actually. The spring is the only place where snorkeling is permitted and it sure can be a lot of fun.
Geocaching can be a lot of fun. This modern-day version of a treasure hunt will have you and the whole family totally excited about learning the geography of the park and finding as many geocaches as they can. This game of using GPS coordinates to find geocaches is a great way to get out and explore different parts of the park.
There are two places in the park that are just perfect for a family picnic. One is near the spring itself and has a horseshoe pit, volleyball court, and a playground nearby for fun family entertainment. The other picnic area is at Sand Lake, where you can enjoy all the lake activities.
If you are a regular horseback rider, you might be happy to hear that there is a trail that’s just perfect for you. Tram Bed Horse Trail is about eight miles total and is split up into two loops. This trail holds a lot of history and has been around for a long time. It was hand constructed a hundred years ago, was supposed to be a railroad, but was never finished, so now you and your horse can enjoy it as a simple trail.
Here at the park, there are biking trails for people of all skill levels so make sure you bring your bike in your RV. There is one off-road biking trail that totals nine miles and is perfect if you crave a long road full of natural scenery. There are also other trails you can take the bike on, but keep in mind that you’ll be sharing the road with horseback riders and hikers.
There are lots of opportunities for hiking adventures here at Wekiwa Springs. You’ll be sure to find that perfect trail for everyone, as these trails vary greatly in difficulty level and length. The shortest trail is less than a mile long, while the longest one is 13.5 miles. There is so much to explore here.