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This place is a local gem located in Sanford, Florida!
Wekiva is a popular tourist getaway, but the Lower Wekiva River State Park is a lesser known getaway that is equally if not more magnificent.
A vast Variety of Wildlife, Cool Springs, an extravagant selection of amazing natural land formations, and 18 miles of hiking trails is what you will find there, among many other things.
Restroom Facilities are available for your convenience.
There are over 50 species of birds for you to spot out and maybe even get a picture of. Raccoons, Possums, White Tailed Deer, Florida Black Bear, Oak toads and many more species of animals live in the Preserve.
You can get to the Lower Wekiva River State Park one of 3 ways.
One option is on foot via the South Entrance.
Hiking Trails leading into the Preserve are located at 8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford Florida 32771.
Another Great way to make your journey into the Wekiva River Preserve State Park an adventure is on horseback!
There is a hiking trail that is horseback accessible called the Fechtel Tract, that is located on 38015 Fetchel Road, Eustis, FL 32726.
The Fetchel Tract is known to have a variety of different terrain, ranging from sandy to bumpy, and also is a black bear inhabited area, so keep your eyes open!
Your third and final route into the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is via Katie’s Landing, located at 262 Wekiva Park Drive, Sanford, FL 32771.
At Katie’s Landing you can rent a Canoe or a Kayak and venture down to the Preserve.
Launch site for non motorized watercraft is provided here.
Call them at 407-761-1310 to reserve your Kayak or Canoe!
Bring Sunscreen and Bug spray, and watch out for gators if you decide to take a dip!
Also make sure you grab a paper map. They are provided on posts along the trails, and will help you stay on tack because sometimes the trail blazes vanish.