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Rock Springs Run State Reserve

 Activities at Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cyclists of all levels can find a challenging and enjoyable ride on the 15 miles of multi-use trails. Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, horseback rider, or park vehicle. Please stay on designated trails, ride responsibly, and respect the park and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly.

Persons under the age of 16 are required by State Law to wear a helmet while bicycling.

The trails are located in a wilderness area.
Please take water, a compass and a map when utilizing them.

Camping, Equestrian

Camping, Equestrian

Primitive horse camping is available at Rock Springs Run State Reserve on a first-come, first served basis. Horse stalls, corrals and posts for tethers are available. Temporary fencing is not permitted. A restroom with showers is available. Ground grills are provided and fires are only permitted in these grills. Tents are permitted and must be pitched in designated camping areas only. RV and trailer parking are on a first-come first-served basis. Non-potable water is available for the horses and there are troughs in several locations. Proof of negative Coggins must be carried at all times.

At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Pack in all food, water and firewood and pack out all trash. The collection of fire wood is prohibited.

Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. An accurate count of campers and horses is required for all reservations. All reservations made by phone can be held with a Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express; if paying by check, payment must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made. Fees are dependent upon the ratio of campers to horses. For reservations and fee information, call (407) 884-2008.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

Canoe Camping: Two primitive canoe campsites are accessible only by canoe or kayak. Indian Mound and Buffalo Tram are two beautiful campsites located on Rock Springs Run. Travel to either site can begin from any livery along the Wekiva River or inside Wekiwa Springs State Park. Please refer to the canoe travel times located in the Canoeing & Kayaking section on the Wekiwa Springs State Park Activities page and the Canoe Map for location information.

These campsites are primitive. Both sites have fire rings and can accommodate up to 10 people each. Pets are not permitted at these campsites. Campers are required to be at the primitive camp site at least two hours before park closing. Campers have no vehicle access to these sites.

Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. Call (407) 884-2009 to make reservations.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented inside Wekiwa Springs State Park or at other liveries along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River. You can even plan trips to include other canoe sites located in Wekiwa Springs State Park. Further information on overnight canoe or kayak rentals, shuttles, or guided trips can be obtained at Nature Adventures or by calling (407) 884-4311.

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park.  Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.  Seeking Geocaches in the park may take you to areas you have not visited before or teach you a new fact about the park; either way, you are sure to have a memorable adventure!

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The Reserve has 14 miles of hiking trails that take hikers through sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, bayheads, oak hammocks and swamps. These trails are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and are maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

The most unique natural feature of the Reserve is the spring/run river system which surrounds most of the Reserve's perimeter and can be accessed from the hiking trails. This system is formed from the discharge of several artesian springs together with the tannic runoff from the surrounding watershed, creating one of the most scenic canoe trails in Central Florida. It is truly beautiful and wonderfully serene!

(Canoes and kayaks cannot be launched from within the Reserve but there are several places to launch outside of the Reserve that will provide access to Rock Springs Run.  Visit the Wekiwa Springs State Park Activities page for more information.)

Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional bicyclist, horseback rider, or park vehicle. Please stay on designated trails, hike responsibly, and respect the park and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your hike accordingly.

The trails are located in a wilderness area. Please take water, a compass and a map when utilizing them.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Rock Springs Run State Reserve has 17 miles of horse trails that are multi-use trails taking the rider through a variety of plant communities and near Rock Springs Run. Horses are not permitted in the spring run. There is a flowing well along the trail for thirsty horses but this water is non-potable and not for human comsumption.

Horses and riders are required to stay on the designated horse trails.

Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, bicyclist, or park vehicle. Please ride responsibly, and respect the park and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly.

Proof of negative Coggins is required.

These trails or portions of them may be closed temporarily on days when Reserve staff is conducting prescribed burns.

The Reserve is closed to equestrian use during weekends of special hunts each fall.

The trails are located in a wilderness area.
Please take water, a compass and a map when utilizing them.

Pets

Pets

Pets are welcome in the reserve and on the trails. Pets are not permitted in any primitive camping sites (horses are permitted for camping but only in the horse camping area). Pets must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

There is one restroom and shower facility in the area near the horse stalls. This facility is ADA accessible and there is ADA parking directly in front of the building.

Tours

Tours

Guided Trail rides are now available at Rock Springs Run.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Florida black bear, Florida scrub jay, sandhill crane, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and a variety of more common species often are seen throughout the Reserve.