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Review of Rock Springs Run

Rock Springs Run
Ranked #5 of 22 things to do in Apopka
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Owner description: Tributary of Florida's Wekiva River is ideal for canoeing, birdwatching, viewing wildlife and foliage.
Reviewed June 19, 2012

It is a great place for a hot day. Float down the springs and then start over.

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"clean place"
in 2 reviews
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"lazy river"
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"kings landing"
in 7 reviews
"great family fun"
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"minute walk"
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"half mile"
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"a wonderful place to spend"
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Tubing and splashing in the cool crystal clear water of Rock Springs Run is the perfect way to spend a steamy summer day.

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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Rock Springs run is a little confusing to enter, even to locals. Rock Springs Run’s springhead can only be accessed via Kelly Park, which is a county park, and no boats are allowed. The run itself can be accessed via King’s Landing or via Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Rock Springs Run via Kelly Park is a tradition locals and tourists alike enjoy. Bring your own float or rent tubes at local establishments for a nominal fee. If you have mask, snorkel and fins it's a special treat to bring them for navigating the run. You can walk up to the springhead and hop in, snorkeling, tubing or just floating down with the swift current in mid-70 degree water that warms slightly as you get farther from the springhead.

The run opens to a large natural pool area with lifeguards and you may get out and walk back to the springhead to do the run over and over. You may continue to swim down the run past the main natural pool area but there is a barrier that does not allow anyone to continue down the run, and a walking path takes you back to the main park area or the springhead.

To access the next section of the Run, head to King’s Landing. You may paddle that section of the run via their rentals, your own kayak/canoe or via Central Florida Nature Adventures for a guided day trip with an excellent company that will handle the details of your trip from start to finish (if you’re new to the run CFNA is your best and safest choice, they are excellent guides, great to work with and reasonably priced for an unforgettable day.) Via King’s (unguided) or CFNA (guided), you can paddle 8 miles down the run (takes about 4 hours) and get transportation back, making it an exciting downstream adventure without the hard upstream paddle back.

The other way to experience Rock Springs Run is via Wekiwa Springs State Park. Pay attention to the few park signs along the run or you will get confused and miss the entrance back to WSSP. Not a good way to enjoy the run unless you know the area well and enjoy paddling upstream one way of your trip.

10  Thank Amy M
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Kings Landing (aka Rock Springs Run) is a great place to rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down river to the Wekiva Island site. It's a very leisurely run as you're going down river the whole time, a trip that averages 3.5-4.0 hours depending on whether you stop for lunch or not. Now (fall) is a great time as you start out a little cool and then the weather warms up as you near the end of your trip. The Kings Landing office has been renovated and now shows alot of stuffed alligators and such. The cost is either $30 to rent one of their canoes which they will then pick up and return you back to Kings Landing (check with office as to when pickup times are scheduled as you can end up waiting awhile if you're the first to arrive) or you can launch your own canoe for $10. We did the latter, leaving one car at Wekiva Island so as not to have to wait for their van, rather returning on our own schedule. The car ride from Wekiva Island to Kings Landing is about 15 minutes. We picked up cans, bottles and trash along the way which lengthened our trip to about 4.5 hours. Although normally not a problem in the past, the mosquitoes were everywhere and we didn't have any bug spray ... so remember to bring bug spray just in case. We were lucky enough to see an otter, a rarety but always fun to watch when you do get to see one as they are generally very playful. No alligators, but lots of birds, fish, and turtles. As of the date of this post, there were 2 downed trees blocking passage on the river (unknown as to when the State will clear them out), one of which we were able to get past through a curve in the tree, the other we had to port the canoe over the tree, although it was shallow so fairly easy to do (mind you the dog wasn't too thrilled with what was going on!). Unless you get an early start right when they open (8am), you're much better served bringing some food and stopping along the way for lunch. We started out around 9:20am and didn't run in to another canoe until we were within about 30 minutes from Wekiva Island and then we started seeing canoes that were heading up river (although generally folks don't get very far going in that direction before turning around and heading back to either the State Park or Wekiva Island, both places at which you can also rent canoes and kayaks).

2  Thank jd50005
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

My family of three, including a 6 year old, went on a 4.5 hour kayaking tour of Rock Springs Run. We booked our tour with Central Florida Kayak Tours (http://www.centralfloridakayaktours.com/) a few weeks before arriving. Jenny and Kenny were wonderful and easy to work with and the prices more than reasonable. We joined 4 other people in addition to our guides Kenny and Wayne and set out in the morning. The guides were prepared, professional, and very knowledgeable. Our 6 year old son shared a 2-man kayak with Wayne. Rock Springs Run was dead gorgeous - the water was crystal clear and was usually very shallow, the flora incredible, and we saw alligators, river otters, turtles, numerous birds and loads of fish. Half way in we stopped in a shady spot and had a snack. It was so beautiful and so peaceful. At the end of the tour we finished at an incredible swimming spot on the run - our son was in heaven! When we return to Florida, we will definitely be giving Jenny and Kenny a call to arrange for another tour. It was the highlight of our stay.

3  Thank 123veo
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