|Summary of Features
From Interstate 4 north of Orlando, exit west on State Road 434. Go just over a mile, then turn right (north) onto Wekiva Springs Road. Follow about five miles to entrance to Wekiwa Springs State Park on the right. The spring is on the right, just past the pay station.
For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satellite imagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditions at this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site at the following address: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
The springs form the headwaters of the Wekiva River (note that the spring is spelled "Wekiwa," and the river is spelled "Wekiva"). The main flow is from a crevice or fissure adjacent to the rock/concrete retaining wall as you walk down to the spring from the parking area. The top of the vent is about four feet below the surface, and it extends and narrows down perhaps 15 feet before becoming too narrow for human passage. Water flows up at the rate of approximately 42 MGD from this fissure, creating a large and raised boil on the surface. A second spring flows from a small limestone opening about 50 feet to the right of the main vent (when facing the spring pool from the parking area near the retaining wall. This spring creates a mild slick on the surface.
The springs form an oval pool, framed by a retaining wall on three sides, approximately 125 by 250 feet in diameter. Water flows under an arched footbridge, through another larger pool, and then into a run where it is joined about 3/4 mile downstream by Rock Springs Run.
- The spring is a focal point of the 7,000-acre Wekiwa Springs State Park, which offers swimming, canoeing, canoe rentals, camping, cabins, restrooms, concessions, picnicking, and hiking (13.5 miles) and horse (8 miles) trails.
- The park encompasses nearly 7,800 acres and connects with the 8,750-acre Rock Springs Run State Preserve. These and other protected lands together form a large greenway, the Wekiva Basin Geo Park. Call 407-884-2008 for information about the Geo Park.
- The spring was the site of a hotel in the 1880s, and people traveled to seek the cure in the spring’s waters. Formerly known as Ford Springs, Wekiva also hosted a dance pavilion, water slides, and excursion boats at one time. Old photographs show a two-story bathhouse perched right on the edge of the springs.
- The park was acquired by the State of Florida in 1969 and opened to the public a year later ("Wekiwa Springs State Park" . . . More of the Real Florida, n.d.).
- Deer are seen commonly in the park, and bear and bald eagle are spotted less frequently.
- The spring is known as having a large concentration of fossils from the last Ice Age (Bergen & Bergen, 1997, p. 101).
- Orlando suburbs, most of whose neighborhoods sport names with the word "Springs" in them, go right up to the edge of this park along Wekiva Springs Road.
- The state park and the spring are named "Wekiwa," a Creek Indian word for "spring of water." The river is named "Wekiva," the Creek word for "flowing water" ("Wekiwa Springs State Park" . . . More of the Real Florida, n.d.).
Snorkeling in Wekiwa Springs in the narrow fissure against the powerful flow of the upwelling water is one of the more exciting skin-diving experiences one can have in Florida. Canoeing in the river is excellent. Wekiwa is one of Florida’s best state parks and a lovely spring as well. The far-sighted individuals and organizations that preserved this spring and its (and Rock Spring’s) watershed from development have done a great service to this and future generations.
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Other Nearby Natural Features
- Wekiwa Springs State Park
- Rock Springs Run State Preserve
- Hontoon Island State Park
- Ocala National Forest
- Contact Information:
- Wekiwa Springs State Park
- 1800 Wekiwa Circle
- Apopka, FL 32712