Lower Wekiva River State Preserve, Sanford

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Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is an 18000acre Florida State Park located on six miles (10 km) of the St. Johns River in Lake and Seminole counties. The park forms a wildlife corridor to the Ocala National Forest along the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers.
Among the wildlife of the park are black bears, river otters, alligators, wood storks, and sandhill cranes.
There are two sections to the park, north and south. The northern section's entrance is in Pine Lakes, off S.R. 44. This entrance leads to the multiuse trails, primitive horse camping and backpack camping areas. The entrance to the southern section, off S.R. 46 nine miles (14 km) west of Sanford, provides access to 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) of the park. There is no horseback riding in this part of the park. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sanford using our trip planner.
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  • Found this place by mistake to be honest. Since Black Bear Wilderness Preserve was close, I wanted to hike somewhere new. I Yelped this place and gave it a shot. Boy, I was so proud to hike this... 
    Found this place by mistake to be honest. Since Black Bear Wilderness Preserve was close, I wanted to hike somewhere new. I Yelped this place and gave it a shot. Boy, I was so proud to hike this...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place the water is Crystal Clear folks are friendly no better place it is a wonderful part of florida nature
  • Rent a kayak or bring your own to the state park and kayak down to Wekiva Island to get some beers. Watch out for gators though, I have seen some large ones here.

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