With the first weekend into the new year, we grabbed the dogs and headed up to Seminole County to Wekiwa Springs State Park. With the weather pretty awesome out, it was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Gotta love the winters in Florida
The price to get into the state park is $6 cash and it’s per car- so you are paying this rate whether you are by yourself or have a car full of kids! If you want to go swimming in the springs or launch your canoe, head to the right once you pass the gate. If you want to hit a number of trails, head to the left and follow the road all the way to the end. It’s a good mile or two until you reach the parking lot.
After you park, head on down to where the metal gate is- it’s the official start of the trails.
Now, technically this is an on-leash park. We decided to risk it, and since we only saw a few cars in the parking lot, we let the dogs off leash for the majority of the hike. We did leash them when we passed a runner and a group of people, just to be on the safe side. Luckily, our dogs are pretty well behaved on trails. I can tell them to stop and they do-instantly!
The dogs had a ton of fun on the trail. It was nice to introduce them to new sights and smells! Plus, they had a lot of energy to burn and were able to play around.
Lots of pretty views. After being in Vermont recently, everything sure looks flat!
Color coded paths so you know which path to follow
We passed a couple of camp-sites. This site is also a perfect place to park your horses for the night as well!
We hiked for about an hour and a half, and by then, our dogs were starting to get a little tired. There was a lot of this going on- aka, laying down and not walking. Can you say lazy?!
Finally, on our way out, I noticed this sign. The one about bears is no big deal. I have come across them a few times on walks and while it’s a bit intense, you just keeping walking quietly. But the snakes? Ummm, not cool. My number one fear are snakes. This list has 28 different snakes. Sick.
Luckily, we didn’t see any snakes <— thank goodness! Overall, this was a fun place to spend a couple hours hiking. If you are looking for something inexpensive to do that really reflects Florida (and not a theme-park), the state park is a great choice!