Wevika Falls July 13, 2018 0

Dive in, the Water’s Fine!

Wekiva Falls is actually a natural sulfur spring that is capped, channeling the water up through a conduit that “falls” into a beautiful lagoon for swimming. On one end, it has a sandy beach and on the other, the water runs out the lagoon onto a sandy-bottomed stream to the nearby Wekiva River.

The lagoon is wrapped by a man-made apron where guests can spread blankets, pitch canopies and stretch out on beach chairs. On top of all that, there’s a 360-degree water slide in the spring-pool for the whole family.

Along the ridge atop the spring-pool are shady pavilions with picnic tables and benches, well used by day guests, especially during the hot summer months.

A favorite attraction at Wekiva Falls is easy access to the Wekiva River, one of Florida’s best-protected waterways. The river is fed by multiple springs, flowing downstream to the north-flowing St. John’s River. There’s even a grassy launch area for kayaks and canoes about 200 yards from the river.

It’s a peaceful river. The flow is slow enough to allow you to paddle upstream (turn right) for miles into the beautiful, sub-tropical Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve, then float back.

Downstream is equally scenic (and shady), but the return paddle against the currents can be tiring, so you might consider arranging for a shuttle if you plan to go far. Either way, you are in for a glorious day on the water.

Soak in our mineral-rich hot spring. These waters offer a host of natural health benefits you may not know about. The relaxation powers of the hot springs have been used for thousands of years and are widely accepted in Europe and Japan as a natural treatment for stress. The therapeutic use of water, or balneotherapy, could be just what the doctor ordered.

The water found in natural hot springs contains a variety of different minerals, including calcium and sodium bicarbonate. When you bathe in a hot spring, your skin soaks in these minerals.

Stress relief doesn’t have to come in the form of a pill. Excess stress can be remedied naturally by immersing your body in a hot-spring water bath. The minerals in the water can contribute to the psychological healing process, while heat relaxes tense muscles. Improved sleep can be an added benefit; when you soak in warm water, your body temperature rises, then quickly cools down when your bath is complete. This body-cooling process can help you relax and fall into a deeper sleep.