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“Beautiful park - but there ARE gators!”
Review of Rock Springs Run

Rock Springs Run
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Apopka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tributary of Florida's Wekiva River is ideal for canoeing, birdwatching, viewing wildlife and foliage.
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited this park last Monday with his parents while vacationing in Florida. We rented tubes from the small restaurant nearby. After chatting with the restaurant workers and a few other Floridians, we were pleased to hear that it is quite rare to see an alligator at Rock Springs. While floating down the lazy river a second time, we did in fact see an alligator fully submerged in the water, swimming along with the current of the river. There were what seemed like hundreds of people in the river as it was a very hot day. We immediately turned around and started swimming up the river against the current, advising others to do the same. They ended up closing the springs until they found the alligator. It wasn’t a fairly small gator, around 5 feet long- however that was big enough for me!
I would just always assume that there could be an alligator in the water. There is a lot of vegetation and mangrove trees along the spring and it gets pretty narrow at some points. I wouldn’t do this if you have young children or a fear of alligators!

16  Thank FloridaTraveller1234
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Great hotel
Nice rooms with a view.
Staff very friendly
The property with walking path is beautiful.
Many activities to choose from.

1  Thank Terri R
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Reviewed 17 July 2018

Florida boasts some of the most beautiful natural springs in the nation with sparkling cool water as crystal clear as anything you've seen in Television commercials.

This location is off the beaten path - out of the way from normal tourist destinations; but it is worth your time.

The venue is a county park with a modest cost of $1 a person or a fixed amount per car load (whichever is cheaper).
You may bring a float, inner tube, raft or other thing to float down the water way, but it's shallow enough that an adult won't have to. (The park does NOT provide floats, but rental places are all along the drive towards the entrance - it's cheaper to bring your own).
The average depth is just 3 feet with shallow areas of about 1 & 1/2. At the beginning of the run, there is a deep pool that's about 8 feet deep.
This is a spring fed river, so the current will push you down river (whether you like it or not) and you'll see the beautiful shorelines covered with natural Florida foliage. If you like to snorkel, you can easily float the river run without a raft and see the different limestone formations and rock collections along the river bottom (..look for sharks teeth..).

There are two collective swimming "holes" with beaches and chair spots along the run. Those can get pretty crowded during the summer so get there early.
The park closes when it gets to capacity for the crowd (lifeguard and park staff limit), so planning your visit early is, again, important.

Here's the thing, this is a Florida spring, so the water temperature is a constant 70 to 75 degrees. That means in the winter, when the outdoor temperatures are in the 50's and 60's, the water is WARM... and there's no competition for the waterway (I've been at the park with my kids with NO other visitors at all).

This park does have a full service restrooms with showers and changing areas.
There is a snack bar with limited food to order on their menu.
If you pack your own lunch, be careful where you leave it. The raccoons are industrious and will steal anything not secured in a cooler or other container.

Wildlife that we've seen at this park:

In the water: Fish.. all sorts of fresh water types. Turtles - big and small. Otters (they will only be there if the park is NOT crowded). I've never seen a snake or an alligator in multiple visits to this park.

Out of the water: Raccoons... see the above comment (they'll steal food). Deer - like the otters, these will only be there without a crowd around. Tortoises and other Florida forest animals.

If you love the water and the natural beauty of a Florida Spring, but want to be close to some civilization, this is a great place to visit.

5  Thank Stephen F
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

It was very relaxing and cool for a hot summer day. Water very clear and beautiful. There was many nature and wildlife to see. Concessions were available and everything very well priced. The "lazy river" however does not circle around like we thought. You float down a ways and then you have to walk back on a path to start again.

2  Thank amyjohnston101312
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

This place is one of the most beautiful places where I’ve been in Florida.
Unfortunately even with the closure of the Park after a certain amount of people , it is still busy with lots of kids.The park is well maintained, clean, lifeguards on every corner, the parking lot is shaded and huge and so many benches are all over in the park to find your own spot for picnic . The concession area is nice also and their prices are good too ( hot dog $3 ; cheeseburger $5 ; ice cream $3 , etc.)
The entrance fee is low, but prepare there’s no reentry! So if you forgot something at your hotel, you’d better not going out because you might not be able to get back ( I believe they close the park after 200 car) . I’m severely allergic for insect bites, so I sprayed myself a couple of times with bug spray. It wasn’t bad at all, but I still got bitten. ..and reflecting for the scary stories: we have not seen any alligators.

3  Thank nicoleguraly
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