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Rock Springs Run, Apopka and Longwood Florida, USA
5722 Baptist Camp Road
Apopka, Florida 32712
Marina (Kings Landing Exit)
1014 Miami Springs Road
Longwood FL 32779
Kayaking Rock Springs Run in the fall was stunning. Crystal clear water floated our kayaks through water lilies. Hardwood trees with fall colors reflected on the water. Abundant turtles flashed their yellow bellies as they warmed themselves on logs. And all this paddling is only minutes from the major metropolitan area of Orlando. That's what makes kayaking Florida so outstanding.
Rock Springs Run is one of the most southernmost spring fed streams supplied by Florida's artesian aquifer that extends to the north through the Ocala National Forest and west to the Gulf of Mexico and the panhandle. The artesian water emerges at a constant 72 degrees year round.
Such gorgeous streams that rise from the underground aquifer in Florida have been damaged considerably by the excess consumption of ground water for irrigation of lawns, by lawn fertilizers and chemicals that get washed into the aquifer, and also by lawn clippings that smother life on the bottom. The only solution is to eliminate traditional lawns such as St. Augustine that cause all this harm.
We stopped for lunch at a designated picnic area in the preserve. There were a couple of benches and a rope swing hanging over the stream. Before swimming in any waters with alligators, make sure there are none in the vicinity. And never swim where there have been any recent encounters with alligators or anywhere where alligators might have been fed (a practice dangerous both to alligators and to people).
GPS: N 28 deg 44.422' W 081 deg 28.021'
The run ends at its intersection with the Wekiva River where you'll turn left (downstream) and take out at the Kings Landing marina nearby.