Hope you’re having a great weekend already. I had my fingers crossed that the worst of winter was in the past but this weekend in north Florida it’s a bit chilly. For this reason, it’s nice to head south so that’s exactly what I did recently. I went to two state parks (recap of Lake Manatee here: “Are there manatees in Lake Manatee? I’ve got answers!”), the second one was Wekiwa Springs State Park.
There were a few reasons this was a great park for me. One, the wildlife, as you’ll see in the pictures below. Two, it’s close to my brother and his family so I was able to see them for a couple of days, including watching the most boring college football game of the season. Yes, I’m talking about the national championship!
Wekiwa Springs is a great state park and I’d like to come back when I have my kayak. I didn’t paddle and I decided not to swim either, mostly because I remember how cold I felt snorkeling in Alexander Springs Recreational Area last January. Freaking cold!
Wekiwa Springs PROs: Very convenient location to Orlando/ central Florida. Not too far in the woods that cell reception is an issue (with Verizon, at least). Good hiking trails. Some sites have sewer hookups which is a major luxury! Wildlife was pretty good, I think there’s more to see than I saw (deer, bears, gators, big birds, etc).
Wekiwa Springs CONs: Gravel/ sandy sites. Not all sites had sewer hookups. Spread out, need a bike or a car to get to certain areas. Road noise, not too much but close enough that when I was walking the dogs I could see and hear traffic.
I’d definitely recommend checking this park out when you get a chance! I will probably book it again in warmer months so I can swim and snorkel. I hope you enjoy the photos below, all from the fun and adventurous Wekiwa Springs State Park…
See y’all tomorrow…
-Out of the Wilderness