Recently, I had the rare opportunity to visit an empty Kelly Park at Rock Springs. The reason for its emptiness was because the park was closed to swimmers due to COVID. Initially, I was going to turn around however, the more I thought about it, the more I realized this was an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade.
NORMALLY VERY CROWDED
Kelly Park is a county owned park that’s home to Rock Springs. The spring head is located inside the park and is the origination point for Rock Springs Run, the 9 mile river that eventually leads to the Wekiva River and Wekiva Island. The park is a hot spot for swimmers and tubers who want to cool off from the Florida heat. As you can imagine, it gets very crowded, especially, during the summer.
The best part of Kelly Park and Rock Springs Run is how beautiful it is. Crystal clear water flows from the spring head over numerous rocks before eventually transitioning to a hard-packed, sandy bottom. Furthermore, the river is surrounded by towering trees, has beautiful light beams shining through, and calms the soul with its serenity. It’s one of the most beautiful rivers in Florida.
If you’re a photographer or videographer and capture nature, I would encourage you to take a visit while this opportunity still exists. The absence of people and the beautiful setting are a rare opportunity to capture lots of great content. Like all State Parks, make sure to get permission first before filming if you’re doing it for commercial purposes. For everyone else, no permit is needed.
LOCATION AND MORE
Kelly Park is located in the town of Apopka just outside Orlando. It’s next door (about a half a mile away) from King’s Landing, another popular spot and the location to kayak or canoe Rock Springs Run. Admission to Kelly Park is $1-$5 regardless if you swim or not. The range in price is dependent on the number of visitors in your party and walk-ins are charged $1 to access the park. For more information on Kelly Park click HERE.
Consider Boat U.S. for your boating needs. They are a great organization that provides numerous resources to improve your life on the water AND trailering your boat. Click HERE for more information.