Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park, Apopka, FL

 My favorite swimmable spring that I’ve encountered so far. Beautiful 68 degree water, natural setting…Simply delightful. On my most recent visit I saw an otter stretching and sunning itself so now I know what heaven feels like.

 

I’ve been here several times now, with each time feeling just as invigorating as the first. I’ve since purchases my own tubes, but initially we rented them from Rock Springs Bar & Grill, which is located down the street from the park. Once in the park, there are plenty of picnic areas, concession, trails, a main swimming area, and the head of the spring. Follow the signs saying “Head of Spring” to arrive at the best area to start the journey. There’s a cave entrance and a trailhead over here as well.

 

walkway to head of spring

   

water access

 

You’ll float through the mangroves, under a bridge, past the main swimming area, and through the trees before arriving at the end of the accessible run. From there, walk up the bridge and follow the path back to the head of the spring to relive the adventure. We did it about three times. 

snorkelers

  

i havent seen any alligators yet…

   

cave entrance

 

deepest area of the run

 

mangrove waterways

 

the end of the float

  

blue heron flying overhead


 
The park also has multiple dirt and stone trails and a tight campground. The sites are spacious, each with water and electricity. Showers were clean. Wild turkeys running around like fools. Owls and Hawks flying around. Some dude named Willy who worked there brought firewood and built a fire for us our first morning. He’s a gentleman and a scholar. I would absolutely camp here again.

One extra good feature- campground check-in is 8am and check-out is 2pm, which is probably the best hours I’ve seen. 

 

trail

  

sinkhole

   

part of our site

   

homemade vegetable stew and checkers

 

site is set back away from the road

 

Our last morning here, my current love interest and I woke up, made breakfast by the fire, the took a 2 hour nap before heading to Wawa. It was one of the most relaxing mornings of my life.

More information:

Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run
Camping Guide – Orange County
Kelly Park on Trip Advisor
Florida’s Natural Springs
  
 

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