Lake Apopka, located near Winter Garden, Florida, is the fourth largest lake in Florida and home to many outdoor activities. Whether you are looking for a day of horseback riding, hiking or fishing not far from your Winter Garden inn, you can find what you want at Lake Apopka. This scenic body of water has been fully restored to a beautiful tropical haven, wildlife refuge and mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. We have some of the best Lake Apopka activities to consider the next time you travel to the Winter Garden area.
Oakland Nature Preserve
747 Machete Trail
Oakland, FL 34787
This beautiful park offers guided hikes that teach visitors about the history of the preserve and the animals and foliage that live there. Hikes are led by the Director of Education and Biologist in Residence, and take place the second Saturday of every month. Those who prefer to explore the preserve on their own time will enjoy the 2/3-mile boardwalk that takes them through the natural wetlands of the area to a covered pavilion right on the southern banks of Lake Apopka. The preserve is open 365 days of the year, from 8:00 a.m. until sunset.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
Also near your Winter Garden bed and breakfast is Wekiwa Springs State Park, featuring hiking, camping, biking and canoeing. The park is just northeast of Lake Apopka, at the headwaters of the Wekiva River. Amenities in this park include picnic areas, restrooms and barbecue grills. Stay for an afternoon or a weekend, if you enjoy camping in Florida's great outdoors. The park is particularly known for its fishing and swimming, attracting visitors of all age levels, year-round. It is a particularly popular weekend destination, so arrive early to stake our your camping or fishing site. Like other state parks, Wekiwa Springs is open every day of the year, from 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Park office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Campers are advised to book their campsite in advance and will need to call the office ahead of time if they are planning to arrive at their site after sunset.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve
30601 CR 433
Sorrento, FL 32776
Rock Springs Run is situated near Wekiwa Springs, north of Winter Garden, Florida, and Lake Apopka. This nature preserve is filled with outdoor adventure, and is particularly popular for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Some of the primitive campsites within the preserve are only accessible by canoe, guaranteeing a quiet time to camp in the beauty of this natural setting. Other activities available at Rock Springs Run include horseback riding, bicycling and hiking. Guided trail rides and horse rentals are also available at this location. The reserve is open every day of the week, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Finding outdoor adventure around Winter Garden, Florida, isn't difficult, with so many great options to choose from. Whether you want to spend your time outdoors on foot, horseback or in a kayak, you can find many fabulous locations around Winter Garden and Lake Apopka to indulge your adventurous spirit and your love of nature.