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People often to flock to Florida, especially during the winter months, for a weekend getaway in the sunshine. Wekiwa Springs State Park is a popular destination for holidaymakers camping with an RV near Apopka, Florida. Be sure to book an RV in Orange County and plan on exploring the 7,000-acre Wekiwa Springs State Park. The headwater of the Wekiwa River is located in the park and is a great spot to kayak and canoe.
The park is just 20 minutes north of Orlando but feels like it's hundreds of miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Drive over to Forest City for a glimpse of civilization and to pick up some essentials you'll need while motorhome camping at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Campers at Wekiwa Springs State Park will want to spend some time bicycling along the trails that wind through the dense, tropical foliage. There are approximately nine miles of off-road bike trails to challenge your skills. Eight miles of horse trails wind their way throughout the park and are also open to hikers.
If bicycling isn't an activity you enjoy, you can always use your two legs and go for a hike. There are several hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The shortest trail is about eight-tenths of a mile long and has a boardwalk that gives you the chance to walk out over a river hammock. Other trails may have bicycles or horses sharing them with you, so make sure you stay vigilant of others around you. While hiking, you might catch a glimpse of the park's wildlife, such as black bears, bobcats, turkeys, white-tailed deer, and gopher tortoises.
Be sure to bring your snorkeling equipment when you're packing your rental RV. You'll find plenty of places to snorkel in the crystal-clear Wekiwa Springs. The water stays at around 72 degrees all year long. Snorkeling isn't permitted in some areas, so check with the park office to verify where you can snorkel. Lifeguards are not on duty at Wekiwa Springs State Park; you'll be snorkeling and swimming at your own risk.
Staying at state park RV campgrounds can be a great experience, but it can also be somewhat limiting for RV campers. However, the campgrounds at Wekiwa Springs State Park allow you to be at one with nature even while staying in your RV. Water and electric hookups are available at many of the park's 60 campsites; some sites even have sewer hookups. RV sites can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet long. A dump station is available at the campground, in addition to restrooms and showers. Equestrians can bring their horses and camp at the Big Fork site; however, this is a primitive campsite.
If there's no room at the state park's RV campground, check out the Orlando NW/Orange Blossom KOA in Apopka. In typical KOA fashion, campers can enjoy many amenities and activities here. Sites accommodate RVs up to 100 feet long with 50-amp electric hookups, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. Firewood is available on-site for purchase.
The Lost Lake RV Park in Apopka is another option for RV campers. There are 79 full hookup campsites featuring 30-amp service. Some campsites have 50-amp service. Picnic tables are situated nearby. A modern bathhouse and laundry facility is also within walking distance of most sites. Campers can also enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the park.
When you're camping at Wekiwa State Park, you probably want to avoid large crowds and just enjoy nature. However, you're within driving distance of Disney World and Universal Studios, so why not take a day and make some memories? Disney World and Universal Studios are only about 40 minutes south of Wekiwa State Park. Disney World is home to world-famous attractions such as Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, while Universal Studios has Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay.
While you're on amusement park overload, take a break and head over to Sea World Orlando, just minutes from Disney World and Universal Studios. Sea World Orlando is an animal theme park and rehabilitation center. You can learn about marine animals that are currently being rehabilitated, or you can enjoy some animal shows. Visitors can even swim with dolphins!
When you're ready to hit the road again to continue exploring this part of sunny Florida, I-4 is just minutes away and leads north toward other state conservation areas or south to Orlando. After spending time communing with nature at Wekiwa Springs State Park or being dazzled by amusement parks, you may want to head to Orlando to visit one of Florida’s largest outlet shopping malls with over 180 outlet stores all in one place.