Wekiwa Springs State Park

The CurbCrushers were on the road again this last weekend. Not for long, but on the road nevertheless. All of 18 miles up I-4 and west on State Road 434 to Wekiwa Springs State Park. This park is located on the Northwest side of Orlando, and is a fairly nice place to spend a weekend. Add the fact that the temperature dropped into the upper 50’s each night, and the humidity was low, and it makes for a very nice weekend of camping.

There are two camping loops at Wekiwa, each with 30 sites featuring water and electricity. A single dump station servers the entire campground. About a mile away from the campground is the natural spring that gives the park its name. The sites are well situated with a decent amount of privacy. There are probably only five to six sites that would be too small for anything but a pop-up.

There are a number of hiking and biking trails throughout the park. In addition, there is a concession that rents canoes and kayaks. You can go down the Wekiwa river and come back, or there is a five hour trip where you ride down to a spot called Katies Landing and then the concession folks will come and pick you up. Wekiwa is bear country, and there are a number of warning signs over the park, and we know a number of people that have seen the bears on their stays.

The CurbCrusher’s camped as a family on Friday night. On Saturday at noon Little CurbCrusher’s Girl Scout troop showed up and set up tents on the site next the motorhome. The girls then went on a 2 hour canoe trip down the Wekiwa. After the canoe trip the girls spent some time on the playground, and then came back to camp to fix dinner.

CurbCrusher fixed his own dinner, and watched the girls make smores and actually read a book, a first on a camping trip. In addition, since the rest of the CurbCrusher family was camping with the Girl Scouts, CurbCrusher was able to control the temperature in the RV, and had a great night’s sleep.

Wekiwa is a good place to go anytime of the year. If it’s hot outside, the springs are a great place to cool off. And when it’s cool there are great trails to walk.

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