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Lower Wekiva River State Preserve, Sanford
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Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is an 18000acre Florida State Park located on six miles (10 km) of the St. Johns River in Lake and Seminole counties. The park forms a wildlife corridor to the Ocala National Forest along the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers.FaunaAmong the wildlife of the park are black bears, river otters, alligators, wood storks, and sandhill cranes.The parkThere are two sections to the park, north and south. The northern section's entrance is in Pine Lakes, off S.R. 44. This entrance leads to the multiuse trails, primitive horse camping and backpack camping areas. The entrance to the southern section, off S.R. 46 nine miles (14 km) west of Sanford, provides access to 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) of the park. There is no horseback riding in this part of the park.
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  • Great riding trails with access to Wekiva River via Katie's Landing. Trails are well marked and fairly easy to follow. I started out at the trailhead on SR 46. No restroom facilities but there is park...  more »
  • If you need to unwind, this is the place to go. We enjoyed an hour or so of kayaking, we had lunch on the bank (picnic) and just took in the birds, and yes, even an occasional alligator sunning on a l...  more »
  • The Wekiva River State Park offers the possibilities to the picnic and swimming on the Wekiva Springs undKanutouren on the Wekiva River in a beautiful natural environment in addition to the paddle. On the tours of the river you can see alligators, turtles, birds and various fish. The river water is crystal clear and always pretty hot also the warm Wekivaquellen. You should avoid the Sundays and holidays because it will be here very full on the River, as well as in the picnic area. The area around the springs is ejected as a swimming area and you can in quite warm and clear water bathing, suitable also for children.
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