Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

Admission: $3 per vehicle at Katie’s Landing. Free admission at other entry points.
Hours: 8 am – sun down
Distance from downtown Orlando: 46.5 miles (54 min)
Lower Wekiva River website
Cover photo credit: GpFlug from Tripadvisor

Lower Wekiva River Preserve is not strictly a spring, but a system of streams and wetlands that are fed by springs. It is rich in wildlife and perfect for kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. This is a place to immerse yourself in nature and really get away from it all. You’ll see something different every time you come and the hikes are beautiful and ever changing.

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Morning, Lower Wekiva River Preserve. Photo: IG Ianwilsonn
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Horseback Riding, Lower Wekiva River. Photo: IG Annnikaa

For horseback riders, there is a horse trail and horse-friendly campground with corrals.

The Sand Hill Nature Trail (2.5 miles, 50 mins) has a diverse display of native Florida plants and wildlife. You might see black bears, deer, river otters, alligators, turtles, wood storks, sandhill cranes and a variety of other birds.

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Deer seen on a hike, Lower Wekiva River Preserve. Photo: FlaHarlock from Tripadvisor
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Gopher tortoise, Lower Wekiva River Preserve. Photo: FloridaStateParks.org

There are three access points to the Lower Wekiwa River Preserve State Park:

  • The south Entrance has hiking trails, including the Sand Hill Nature Trail. This entrance has no restrooms.
  • Katie’s Landing gives you direct access to Wekiva River and has restrooms.
  • Fechtel Tract entrance has 18 miles of multi-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. This entrance has restrooms.
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Alligator sunbathing, Lower Wekiva River Preserve. photo: IG GoKaykaingTours

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