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Welcome to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust

Welcome to the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, a nonprofit, volunteer group that supports the work of the three parks that make up the Wekiva basin state parks.  WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK  LOWER WEKIVA RIVER PRESERVE STATE PARK  ROCK SPRINGS RUN STATE PRESERVE

There are many volunteer opportunities from helping to run the nature center and conducting guided walks to river patrol and assisting rangers in the park.  VOLUNTEER INFORMATION 


Join the Wekiva Wilderness Trust with a membership and become a vital part of supporting the Wekiva basin state parks! We offer several levels. Membership entitles you to attend and vote at the monthly board meetings and the opportunity to learn what is going on in the parks and how you can help. Read more >

Upcoming Events at Wekiwa Springs & Rock Springs Run

37th Real Florida 5K-10K Race Sat. Feb 24

Register now for the only race in Florida run entirely within a state park. Have fun and help fund projects in the park. See Events.


18th Wekiva Paint Out
February 26 - March 2

Join us at Wekiva Island to view the wonderful
paintings of Wekiwa 
Springs State Park and
the Wekiva River. All 
artwork displayed is painted by our resident 
artists during the week.
Auction - Wed. Feb 28
Gala - Sat. March 2

For more information click

Heritage Festival & Official Opening of the Historic Ethel Trail - Rock Springs Run.
Saturday March 9

Join us for a fun day in the park - everyone is welcome.

The East Lake Historical Society’s 10th Annual Heritage Festival will be held at Rock Springs Run State Reserve this year to coincide with the official launch of the Historic Ethel Trail on Saturday, March 9.

The combined free event will include exhibitors with displays from local organizations and crafters, reenactors, storytellers, children’s activities, historical memorabilia, as well as food and music.

The Historic Ethel Trail will be officially opened with a VIP-studded ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by guided walks along the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible loop and tram rides for the mobility impaired.

The Historic Ethel Trail winds through the heart of what was once a sprawling post-Civil War township at Rock Springs Run State Reserve with a station, store, post office, cemetery, and one-room school. Twelve interpretive panels along the way describe the history of Ethel and what life was like back then.

Join us for a fun-packed day.


Hike With a Ranger
Every Thursday:  10 AM - 11.30 AM

Join a Ranger on a 1.5- mile hike. Water, closed-toe shoes, insect repellant, and sunscreen recommended. Meet at Sand Lake Parking Lot inside Wekiwa Spring State Park. To sign up go to Meet Up Wekiva.


The Wekiva Wilderness Trust is an all-volunteer organization that runs the nature center, conducts guided walks and river patrols and performs a variety of other work to assist rangers in the park. We need your financial help to continue our support that preserves and restores the Wekiva parks for all to enjoy.  Read more >

The Ethel Project 

Ethel was a thriving township at Rock Springs that has long since disappeared. You can learn more about it by clicking on the 'History of Rock Springs' button above. The Friends of Ethel are working to bring Ethel alive again with a walk back in time. There will be interpretive panels along the way and historic markers at sites of special interest. We plan to reconstruct two 1880s homestead cabins, one to house a small museum and the other to be simply furnished as it would have been then. We also plan to build a pavilion with picnic tables near the trailhead for visiting school groups and others interested in learning more about this remarkable story.

Wekiva Wilderness Trust, Inc., established in 1990, is a Florida Not For Profit corporation (EIN 59-2971659) and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.  Please check with your tax advisor. 

Wekiva Wilderness Trust
Wekiva River Basin State Parks
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

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