Kayaking Rock Springs Run is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Florida.  Very few places bring you closer to our state’s natural beauty like a tranquil, freshwater spring.

ROCK SPRINGS RUN

Rock Springs Run is located in the town of Apopka, just minutes from busy Orlando. Rock Springs Run is a river that originates at Kelly Park and produces 30 million gallons of pristine water daily.  The river originates from Rock Springs, a beautiful freshwater spring head that is absolutely beautiful and travels over 8 miles through unspoiled forest. It’s like a natural lazy river!

HERE’S A VIDEO OF THE SPRING HEAD AT KELLY PARK

KINGS LANDING

Kings Landing and Kelly Park are within a mile or two of each other.  Kings Landing is where you rent kayaks and canoes (or you can launch your own) to explore the river.  On the other hand, Kelly Park is where you rent tubes.  Both places allow you to swim.

MY FAVORITE SPRING IN FLORIDA SO FAR

RAIN MATTERS

When I visited Kings Landing they were coming off of a week of steady, heavy rain.  All this rain had a significant impact on the water clarity.  I was so bummed that the crystal-clear oasis that I had read about was now tannic and brown.  Regardless, it was still amazing and I can’t wait to go back when it’s normal looking.  If you plan to visit, make sure it’s not after days of heavy rain.

PADDLE UPSTREAM OR DOWNSTREAM?

Once at Kings Landing, you’ll have to decide whether you want a short distance to paddle or a long one.  The most beautiful paddle is to the right or upriver, against the current.  This direction will bring you to the clearest water and the famous “Emerald Cut”.  It’s a paddle that’s only a mile or two long however, it’s against the current, and normally very crowded.  Paddling to the left will take you 8.5 miles to the Wekiva River and Wekiva Island.

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.

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