Rock Springs Run

Rock Springs Run, Apopka: Hours, Address, Rock Springs Run Reviews: 4.5/5

Rock Springs Run
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Tributary of Florida's Wekiva River is ideal for canoeing, birdwatching, viewing wildlife and foliage.
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,075 contributions
Feb 2022
Rock Springs Run has become one of my new favorite things to do in Florida. Forget Disney and all the parks, this is where it's at. It was $5 for a car of adults and kids, and there are some really nice trails and obviously its a fantastic swimming hole. I definitely advise heading up to the Spring Head with your favorite floatation device and enjoy the lazy float down the crystal clear water. There were some gnats that did bite us, but overall we had a pretty obstacle free time. We saw a few alligators, and the water while a little chilly, we acclimated quickly and enjoyed it, in the 82 degree Florida sun. The water is deep enough near the spring head to just jump right in. I definitely want to come back and drop the kayaks in for a float on our next trip.
Written February 24, 2022
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Matthew L
West Harrison, IN120 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited the Rock Springs in early June during a wet period. Even though it was raining when we arrived, as usual in Florida, the rain stopped shortly after arrival and we had a great time. The weather was in the low to mid 80s most of the time we were there and the water felt great. When we got in it didn't take long to get accustomed to the temperature. The water was very clear and the current gently pulled us along. We brought inflatable tubes with us and spent most of the time floating along. Swimming is only tough when trying to avoid the shallow rocky areas, otherwise it is easy. The deepest part is at the beginning of the springs, the rest is fairly shallow. I recommend stopping by here if you are in the Apopka area.
Written September 21, 2021
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Jacksonville, FL9 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Very good place to SUP or kayak that's only 35-45 minutes away from Orlando. Clean water & good wildlife watching. Easy Orlando day trip & you can launch your own canoe or paddle board from the Kings Landing point for $20 or there are many rental places that rent gear at the same point. Just wish there were no so many fallen trees in the water, but that's nature!
Written November 16, 2020
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Hotel inspector
Jacksonville, FL23 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
My favorite place to kayak! This paddle is great because there are several places to stop and enjoy the water. The scenery is beautiful, i saw a few river otters, several types of fish and birds the last time i kayaker here. They do rent canoes at the front of the park, there is also a company that rents glass bottom kayaks. The paddle is a bit tough for beginners as you will start out up stream, but you will coast back going down stream on the way back. Get there early as this place is getting popular, try to avoid weekends if possible.
Written July 31, 2020
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Jan M
Mount Dora, FL71 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Family-friendly, this is a unique experience that eveyone can enjoy. It is "old Florida" in the best sense....natural beauty and seemingly remote, although only a short drive from Orlando and the typical attractions. It can be super crowded in the summer heat, but on this warm December weekday, there were only a few dozen people.
Written December 17, 2021
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Easy Rider
Ocala, FL26 contributions
May 2021
This is an outstanding and excellent way to spend a day. Rent a canoe and paddle out on Rock Springs Run then paddle back to Kings Landing.

Rent a kayak and paddle 8 miles to Wekiva Marina. That is a 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hour paddle. Taking your time and stopping to view or picnic makes it 5 1/2. Shuttle picks you up and returns you to Kings Landing to pick up your car.

Make your reservation EARLY if you want a Friday, Saturday or Sunday trip. Reservations at Do not miss this experience.
Written May 8, 2021
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St. Augustine, FL23 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We have visited many of the Florida springs and this was a great experience. The spring run is short which allows for multiple trips. It's a short walk from the spring basin back to the drop point. You can rent tubes at Rock Springs Bar and Grill, a short distance from the park entrance. Very clean park with lots of parking. Highly recommend.
Written April 17, 2018
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Temple Terrace, FL363 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This is so nice for a family outing. I brought family from out of state as we first saw this on Facebook. It looked great but I was worried that the kids would be bored since it is not Disney. They loved it. The beautiful natural surroundings with crystal clear water floating peacefully down the river was so nice. Get your tubes outside the park first. Bring rope to tie the tubes on top or just hold your tube outside the window and drive slow. They are $7 at the bar and grill before the park entrance or bring your own as long as it is less than 5 feet. The park does fill so get there early. The bathrooms were in good shape to change in and there is a concession stand that takes cash only. There are a lot of picnic tables and grills. The float trip takes about 25 minutes and a 5 minute walk on a paved sidewalk gets you back to the start. The deepest part is about 5 feet and is much shallower in many places. I think the kids liked the peacefulness of it and the lack of lines. The water is 68 degrees year round. Wear sunscreen! Even though much of the area is shaded protect your skin.
Written April 3, 2018
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Truro, Canada1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited this park last Monday with his parents while vacationing in Florida. We rented tubes from the small restaurant nearby. After chatting with the restaurant workers and a few other Floridians, we were pleased to hear that it is quite rare to see an alligator at Rock Springs. While floating down the lazy river a second time, we did in fact see an alligator fully submerged in the water, swimming along with the current of the river. There were what seemed like hundreds of people in the river as it was a very hot day. We immediately turned around and started swimming up the river against the current, advising others to do the same. They ended up closing the springs until they found the alligator. It wasn’t a fairly small gator, around 5 feet long- however that was big enough for me!
I would just always assume that there could be an alligator in the water. There is a lot of vegetation and mangrove trees along the spring and it gets pretty narrow at some points. I wouldn’t do this if you have young children or a fear of alligators!
Written July 22, 2018
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Orlando, FL47 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
Let me begin by explaining just what the Rock Springs Run is. This may sound confusing but it is really not. In Orange County there is a park called Kelly Park or Rock Springs. This is a county park and inside of the park is a spring, Rock Springs, which is the headwater and source of the Rock Springs Run. The Rock Springs run is a small river that runs about 8.5 miles and then joins the Wekiwa River. The Rock Springs run is one of the most scenic and beautiful rivers in Florida and is a great river to canoe or kayak. There are no motor boats allowed and only 3 homes on the river. You cannot launch a canoe or kayak from Kelly Park, so how do get access to the run?? There is only one location open to the public that rents canoes, kayaks and provides access to the river, Kings Landing. Kings Landing is located just down the road from the entrance to Kelly Park and is a well run and clean place to rent or launch your canoe. At present the daily cost to rent a canoe, take a trip downriver to Wekiwa Island and have them pick you up and return you to your car is $25 per boat. This is a good deal and you will have the adventure of your life traveling the 8 mile trip. A WORD OF CAUTION: I have seen several reviews of the Rock Springs run and Kings Landing complaining of the obstructions in the river, tipping over,ect. Be aware this is a wild Florida river and from time to time trees fall and create an obstacle. Also be aware that this is all downstream but this is a twisting river that does require an amount of skill and patience to navigate. This may not be a good trip for a family with young children if you have not paddled a canoe before. If you can paddle a canoe then this is probably the best trip in Florida to view wildlife and a river that is like that of old Florida. Be safe and have fun !
Written September 12, 2013
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