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Address: 8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford, FL 32712
Phone Number: (407) 884-2008
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18,000 acres of preserved land in cental Florida providing refuge to many...

18,000 acres of preserved land in cental Florida providing refuge to many plants and animals such as the Florida black bear, river otter and American alligator.

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Wonderful day hike

This ranks at the top of our recent hikes. Wonderful day in nature. Only saw two other people while we were out there A mixture or prarie and cover. Wildlife sightings were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
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Viera, Florida
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Viera, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

This ranks at the top of our recent hikes. Wonderful day in nature. Only saw two other people while we were out there A mixture or prarie and cover. Wildlife sightings were minimum today, but there was a bear close by on two occasions. One was withing smelling distance (yup, pretty close), and the other was around 150 feet away.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Great place for hiking, birding, seeing a bit of natural Florida. No vehicle access. Quiet and relaxing

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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

An amazing location to submerge yourself in natural spring waters, canoe down the river and spot wild gators. Bring a picnic or bbq and have an amazing day!

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Sanford, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Our nephew had his son's birthday party at the Wekiva River State Preserve. Lovely setting, playground for children and grills and picnic tables available. Restrooms close by as well.

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Blowing Rock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The springs for swimming, rent a canoe explore the river, camp overnight if desired, and hike the trails

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My husband was in a canoe race there so I went along. The Wekiva River was big and beautiful. There were big trees, fish were jumping and a variety of birds flying around. It was a day before Mother's Day but it was not crowded. The park was clean . There were picnic tables and grills. Big trees abound. There... More 

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Otley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Had a brief stop here and saw how lovely it all was. Crystal clear water and wildlife to be spotted. Boats looked too much like hard work so just had a wander about. Perfect for all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Clean water, plenty of wild life, canoe, kayak or paddle board are great activities in this environment.

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SAINT PETERSBURG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I visited this park on an afternoon trip from Orlando. There is a park sign and small parking lot just off of state highway 46. An information board and brochure box show the trails available. There are two short loop trails through the woods which I have walked before and are very nice. Other much longer trails are available that... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We went kayaking here and were stunned by the beauty on this river. You start at the springs, which appear to be a popular local swimming area. The water is crystal clear. Once you get away from that craziness, the kayaking is serene and picturesque. The river does get busy with kayakers, canoes, and SUPs, and you sometimes have to... More 

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