Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park
Open: Open all year
*Primitive camping at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is only available to those camping with horses.
About: Florida nature exists in its purest form along four miles of the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. For thousands of years, Native Americans valued the abundance of wildlife in this area. This system of blackwater streams and wetlands provides habitat for black bears, river otters, alligators, wood storks, and sandhill cranes. Visitors can stroll along the Sand Hill Nature Trail for a self guided tour of the native Florida plants and wildlife found at the park. Canoeists can paddle through the park on the Wekiva River. Equestrian camping is available in designated areas and can be reserved by calling Wekiwa Springs State Park. Horse stalls and corrals are available for equestrian campers. Located nine miles west of Sanford on State Road 46.
Primitive camping at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is only available to those camping with horses. Primitive horse camping is available inside the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park entrance off of State Road 44.
Horses are welcome in the northern portion of Lower Wekiva located off of State Road 44 in Lake County. Horses are not allowed on the southern portion of Lower Wekiva. This is the portion of the property is located off of State Road 46, just east of the Wekiva River in Seminole County.
At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Pack in all food, water and firewood and pack out all trash. A restroom with showers facility is available. Fires are permitted only in the ground grills provided. Tents must be pitched in designated camping areas. The collection of fire wood is prohibited.
RV and trailer parking are on a first-come first-serve basis. Horse stalls and corrals are also on a first-come-first serve basis. Posts for tethers are available, but temporary fencing of any kind is not permitted. Non-potable water is available for the horses and there are troughs in several locations.
Proof of negative Coggins must be carried at all times.
Call the park at (407) 884-2009 for fee information and reservations. Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance. An accurate count of campers and horses is required for all reservations. All reservations made by phone can be held with a Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express, or if paying by check, it must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made.
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