Lonely Planet review
The best way to explore this state park is by paddling along the tranquil, still waters of the Wekiva River, one of Florida’s two federally designated ‘Wild and Scenic Rivers’. You can take a two-and-a-half-hour guided tour . Alternatively, canoe or kayak about five hours to Katie’s Landing (canoe 2/3 people $35/40, single/double kayak $30/40, children under six free) and hop a shuttle back (included in the trip price), or rent a boat (canoe $15 per two hours, single/double kayak $15/20 per two hours, two-hour minimum hire, $3 each additional hour) and simply toot around. To really get away from it all, book a campsite through the state park and spend a night or two in a primitive spot along the riverbank (two days and one night including canoe or kayak, tent, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns and cooler $132). The park also has 13 miles of wooded hiking trails and a fantastic spring-fed swimming hole. Take I-4, exit 94 and follow the signs; it’s about 45 minutes from downtown Orlando.