Wekiwa Springs State Park is a mere hour from most central Florida attractions. But it feels as if it’s on another planet.
The wind sings through the pines, and you can hear the quiet crunch of your feet when you walk. You can often spot wildlife, like these wild turkeys.
A cool, shimmering spring invites you to take a dip.
Kayaks rest by a meandering river. Rent one and you can explore the waterway.
It’s a place where nature celebrates. In fact, the lands look largely the same as they did when the Timucuan Indians fished and hunted them.
You can experience them in full, because the Park has 13 miles of trails where you can hike, bike, and horseback ride.
You can even camp, in the full facility campground or in primitive camping areas.
But most of all, it’s the perfect place to relax and reconnect with family and friends.
All photos by Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA