Tag: Backpacking

Wevika Falls July 20, 2018 0

Releasing Your Wild Side

When it is time to make vacation plans, there are those that know exactly what they are going to do: go camping!

There is something to be said about sleeping in the outdoors with the sky so full of stars above you. Sitting around the campfire, smelling the aromas so unique to the camping experience is something that many people can’t wait to do. Here are some reasons on why you should go camping.

Strengthening Yourself
Getting in touch with the natural elements is the best way to strengthen ourselves.
The night wraps its velvet black arms around you and you can hear the voices of the wild. Getting away from civilization is restorative to the soul and allows one to reconnect with their true selves.

Vacation on the Cheap
Camping spots are nowhere near as expensive as a hotel room or a vacation cottage. Most of your dining is done around the campfire with the supplies you brought from home.
Entertainment usually consists of hanging outdoors and doing camper-like things such as hiking, fishing, swimming and exploring the area around you.
Evenings are typically spent with everyone gathered around smelling the wood smoke from a crackling fire, roasting hot dogs or marshmallows and just enjoying being where they are. Tenters have it even cheaper than those with RV’s and pop-ups. Not to mention the fact that there are a variety of spots where you can camp absolutely free.

Following Your Heart’s Desires
Every veteran camper knows that there is no end to the possibilities as to where you might camp out. Perhaps you love the sea; you can indulge in ocean camping or freshwater lakes, streams and rivers.
Are mountains your thing? You can find any number of excellent camping spots. Canyons, deserts, hills, and dales, wherever your heart’s desire wants to take you on your camping trip is easily found.

Bring the Whole Gang
Not only can you invite friends, family and anyone else that has a tent and willing to travel, pets are often allowed on camping trips. They enjoy being in the great outdoors as much as their humans and no money has to be spent on pet sitting services or kennels.

As long as you have well-behaved pets, you can find any number of camping grounds that will allow your furry friends to accompany you on your trip.
These are just a few of the reasons that people love camping. If you ask any camper, each one will have different reasons but what they all have in common is a love of the outdoors and being a part of nature.

Wekiva Falls has over 800 sites, including more than 20 shaded tent sites on the banks of the spring run, where kids can play in the crystal clear, shallow, sand-bottomed stream.

Wevika Falls July 6, 2018 0

Events Happening at Wekiva Falls

Every year thousands of families, many of them repeat customers, find their way to Wekiva Falls to join us for loads of fun activities and visit nearby attractions.

Put those electronic devices down and enjoy all that Wekiva Falls has to offer together as a family!

Our camping season is full of fun planned events and activities for the whole family! Take a look at our calendar to see if there’s a specific event you’d like to be here for, then call us for booking and availability. You will always find a detailed list of weekend events and times on the Wekiva Falls website and on our Facebook page.

When you book our stay at us, you don’t have to spend a ton of time researching activities. At Wekiva Falls you can swim in our large pool, take a dip in the hot springs, go fishing, walk on the nature paths, rent a canoe to cruise up the river, play on the playground, or grab a beverage at the marina all without having to leave the campground. There are even manatees in Henderson Creek that campers have seen while canoeing and kayaking!

In addition to the activities on site, we also highly recommended checking out the local attractions and nearby shops. The area is packed with beautiful mom and pop shops, shopping centers, grocery stores, and more.

For those that are more into “roughing it”, Wekiva Falls also features tent sites. While our events and activities director keeps a full calendar of things to do, many families look for things to do around the privacy of their tent.

Here are a few ideas for personal activities that make a family camping trip complete!

• Go on a nature walk.
• Cook over the campfire.
• Watch for animals.
• Make s’mores.
• Tell stories by the fire.
• Play cards or board games.
• Make leaf prints and rock pets.
• Play flashlight tag.
• Sing campfire songs.
• Make shadow puppets
• Catch fireflies or other bugs.
• Look at the stars.
• Go on a scavenger hunt.
• Read a book.
• Play glow in the dark tic tac toe.
• Go swimming.
• Play catch.
• Make nature sketches.
• Decorate your own sit-upons.
• Bike ride.
• Find a walking stick and go on a hike.
• Go fishing.
• Make ice cream in a bag.
• Rent a canoe.
• Make friendship bracelets.
• Play ‘I Spy.’
• Make stone sculptures.
• Skip stones.
• Tie-dye a shirt.
• Cloud watch.

*Calendar activities are subject to change without notice. Some activities are “weather permitting”.


Wevika Falls June 11, 2018 0

Hunting Areas Near Wekiva Falls

Soon the temperatures will begin to ease from summer’s heat and cool breezes will blow down from the hills and mountains. Before long, the urge to dress in bright orange will become irresistible. No, not for Halloween – for a great getaway to the wilderness! It’s nearly time to gather your buddies and take to the woods for hunting, fishing, and laughs. Combine the all-time favorite activities of fishing, hunting, and hiking that makes Wekiva Falls a premier destination for hunters.

While we don’t offer hunting on the Wekiva Falls property, guests love to use our resort as a base camp for their hunting activities! So If you are looking for the prime hunting spots in Florida, you are going to want to pay close attention to the wildlife management areas that have been established by the state. These areas have been created to manage quotas and keep track of animal populations and harvest numbers so that Florida can always know how well its population control efforts are going. Luckily, the best places to hunt in Florida are also close to some great locales, allowing outdoorsmen to enjoy the state to the fullest.

Here are just a few locations to get you started.

Roberts Ranch
If you are new to Florida, visiting for a short period of time, or just generally have no idea where to go for a good hunting experience, then Roberts Ranch isn’t a bad place to start. Located in Palatka – which is less than an hour’s drive east of Gainesville – Roberts Ranch offers a three-day guided hunting experience that includes wild hogs, turkey, and some of the biggest whitetail deer in the state.

Apalachicola National Forest
If you thought Florida was all beaches and swampland, this WMA will change your mind. Covering a massive swath of land just shy of 600,000 acres in size, the Apalachicola National Forest is a vast forest area located in Florida’s panhandle and crisscrossed by easily navigated road systems. The forest plays host to both regular rifle-and-bow hunters and deer dogs – a popular hunting sport in Florida – and is the perfect place to go if you are looking to lose yourself in nature and find a few deer along the way.

Ocala National Forest
The last of the “big 3” hunting forests in Florida, Ocala is made up of 385,000 acres in the north-central region of the state. The hunting isn’t quite as good as in Apalachicola and Big Cypress, but resourceful hunters will easily be able to find more than a few ace spots.

Green Swamp
Hunters in the Orlando area will love Green Swamp – located west of the city – for its free-for-all no quota hunting. You will need to get a day pass from a park ranger to hunt the area, but a day of hunting in Green Swamp will make the momentary hassle worth it. This place is crawling with deer, and you can take as many as you can bring down in a day.


Wevika Falls June 4, 2018 0

Biking Through Wekiva Falls

Camping and biking go hand in hand, but not every campground makes it easy for guests to enjoy a bike ride. If you want to enjoy a full day of pedaling before roasting your s’mores, you will love Wekiva Falls. With a path that winds throughout the resort, you’ll want to get out for a leisurely ride every day.

Early in the morning or around sunset is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. What’s more, bicycling has many health benefits— no need to be restricted to the gym to exercise. Bicycling engages your legs, but it’s also easy on your joints. Not to mention how biking reduces stress in the body and in the mind.

According to medical professionals, a relaxing bike ride burns more calories than a brisk walk. Sometimes up to 281 calories per hour! You can even challenge yourself by pedaling a little faster for short sprints before returning to a leisurely pace. It’s a great way to supplement your relaxing daylight exercise.

Whether you’re recovering from a light injury, looking for light activity, or need a way to get active without running on cement, cycling is the smart choice because it gets your legs moving and your heart pumping without pounding your joints. Running takes a toll on the body. Biking, on the other hand, is far lower impact and engages the muscles in the legs without as much force coming down on the knees. So long as you keep your legs pumping on your bike, it ends up being a much smoother, lower risk form of cardio, especially if you’re recovering from an injury.

Even if you’re in amazing shape now, even weightlifters want to get outside. One of the best things about bicycling is that it mixes things up so your gym time stays fresh. Many lifters lift for years and spend their weeks being too stiff or too sore to enjoy other activities. The great thing about biking is you can do it day after day for the rest of your life.

Biking is a great way to explore and really get to know the area around you better. Most never really get to know the area around us because we’re always in cars. Even if you run outdoors, we rarely mix up our routes so you’re not getting close to the range of exploration that you can experience on your bike. Even if you decide to bike in areas you usually drive by, you might be surprised by what you notice and appreciate being outside taking it all in.

Oh, and the kids love it. The moment a child learns to ride a bike is an exciting moment. Do you remember when biking was your means of freedom in those earlier years? There’s so much to see and do as you bike through the campground of Wekiva Falls- from the wildlife to the fun and freedom.

Take in the great outdoors like a kid again and enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Wekiva Falls.


Wevika Falls May 14, 2018 0

Top Three RV Camping Tips

Unplugging from the world is the ultimate appeal for any camp enthusiast, or for someone looking to get away for the weekend. Before that can happen though, your phone will still come in handy to check out what RV campgrounds would be best.

Wekiva Falls RV Park is an excellent destination for campers to visit. There are plenty of amenities to enjoy at the Orlando RV Resort. But camp-goers always make the mistake and don’t correctly pack or plan for the trip. Here are a few tips you should consider before embarking on your getaway trip to Wekiva Falls.

Check the Weather
Even though Wekiva Falls’ Campground is open rain or shine, you should always check the weather. Some reports say, “The most important thing is staying warm and comfortable on your trip.” Multiple apps and sites allow you to look up the weather forecast in practically any location. Investing in quality equipment is also important in case of changes to the weather. It’s more important to be comfortable and safe, even if it means spending a few more bucks.

Travel With Less

Backpacking instructor Tom Lionvale’s best advice is to travel light. He states 20 pounds is the ideal weight when backpacking, not including food and water that may be needed. This also means needing to purchase less gear when RV camping. Be sure to check out seasonal sales! Outdoor equipment and gear tend to cost less around October since the peak camping season ends. Renting or borrowing is another viable option, especially if you are new to the RV camping lifestyle.

Make Your Own Rules

This is your trip, so have fun! Don’t spend money on unnecessary items, like a new camera or Apple Watch, unless you really want to! Budget your trip, pack the essentials, and be sure you are safe wherever you set up.


Wekiva Falls Resort Team May 2, 2018 0

Fun in the Sun

Florida summers are a time for heading to the beach, vacations, and being cool as much as possible! Those unaccustomed to the heat may be taken aback about the intense July mornings, but there are plenty of relaxing oasis’ out of the city temperature.

One of the more popular spots is the Wekiva River, located at Wekiva Springs State Park. The spring is fed by three different resources: Rock Springs, Wekiva Springs, and the spring lagoon at Wekiva Falls.

The Wekiva River is one of Florida’s two National Wild and Scenic Rivers, with Rock Springs Run and Blackwater being two major tributaries for the river. Paddling down all three rivers is easily possible. Those looking to paddle directly from the Wekiva River can rent kayaks or canoes at the Wekiva Springs State Park. Access is also available near Wekiva Island and Wekiva Falls RV Resort. Kayaks and canoe rentals are offered at both locations with an option to launch out on your on boat for a fee.

If you’re interested in something a little more active, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail at the Wekiva River Basin is a 14-mile ride from Sanford south to Altamonte Springs. Hikers, off-road bicyclists, and equestrians can explore the thousand of acres built on an abandoned railroad bed. Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park are all accessible from State Road 46, west of Stanford. Rock Springs Run State Park offers 17 miles of trails for equestrians, but for those without a horse, guests can saddle up at Captain Jack’s Trail Rides by a barn on site. 25 miles of open road and trails are available for bikers in the forest with 20 miles open for hikers in the Lower Wekiva River State Park.

The Wekiva River Basin has several public and private campgrounds, including Wekiwa State Park, Kelly Park/ Rock Spring, and Wekiva Falls. RV and tent accommodations are offered at all locations, with Wekiva Falls providing almost 800 sites.