Rock Springs Run Trail Rides – Sorrento Florida

Rock Springs Run Trail Rides

31700 County Road 433

Sorrento, FL. 32776

Rock Springs Run Trail Rides – Sorrento, Florida
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Rock Springs Run State Reserve is approximately 14,000 acres of a variety of plant communities typically found throughout central Florida’s landscape. The reserve is located approximately 30 miles north of Orlando and easily located off of I-4 at exit 51; then follow SR 46 west for almost 10 miles. The property was purchased in March 1983 for habitat preservation, for watershed protection and to provide recreational opportunities in the central Florida area. Additional purchases in 1991 and 1995 have formed a vast wilderness in Orange and Lake Counties.

INDIAN MOUNDS
Native American Indians also valued the abundance of wildlife. Many mounds are known to exist along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. These Native Americans lived before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, but within 200 years after they were eliminated from their native land. The mounds or “kitchen middens” are the only visible remains of their former presence on the reserve and are protected for future archaeological investigations. Florida statutes prohibit the destruction or removal of artifacts from these sites.

WILDLIFE

The plant communities at Rock Springs Run State Reserve include sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, bayheads, hammocks and swamps. A unique natural feature of this reserve is the spring run/river system which surrounds most of the ’reserve perimeter. This system is formed from the discharge of several artesian springs together with the tanic runoff from the surrounding watershed, creating one of the most scenic canoe trails in central Florida.

The wetlands and uplands provide habitat for a variety of rare and endangered species native to Florida. The Florida black bear, Florida scrub-jay, wood stork, Florida sandhill crane, indigo snake and a variety of more common species are often seen throughout the reserve.

RECREATION
The reserve is open to a variety of recreation activities including hiking, primitive horseback camping, nature study, picnicking, horseback riding, biking and limited hunting. Vehicle access into the reserve is limited.


HORSEBACK RIDING

Rock Springs Run State Reserve offers a 9-mile loop trail which takes the rider through a variety of plant communities.

The trail begins in the desert-like sandpine scrub community, home to many species of lizards and snakes, the beautiful Florida scrub jay and the gopher tortoise. The scrub serves as a favorite feeding place for the Florida black bear each fall, when the oaks are full of acorns. The trail continues through many acres of pine flatwoods and on to the hardwood swamp that borders Rock Springs Run. Riders may view the beautiful tannic-colored water of Rock Springs Run by tying their horses to the hitching post and walking to the west bank. Keep an eye out for the red-shouldered hawks that live in the floodplain forest. Florida black bear use the reserve year round. However, bears are shy and you will see their footprints more frequently than the bears themselves. Remember that all plants and animals are protected and collecting is prohibited.

 

Rock Springs Run Trail Rides
31700 County Road 433
Sorrento, FL 32776

Located on Highway 46 between Sorrento and Sanford, just west of the Wekiwa River. Entrance is close to intersection of Highway 46 and 46A.

From Orlando, drive East on I-4 to Sanford SR 46 Exit. Turn East (left) onto SR 46.

Travel 7.4 miles to CR433 (Rock Springs Run Reserve) and turn left into the park. Follow the signs to riding area.

From Mount Dora, turn East onto SR 46. Travel 10.7 miles to CR 433 (Rock Springs Run Reserve). Turn right into the park and follow the signs to the riding area.

  • Age restrictions: 6 years old or older
  • Helmets: 17 years old or younger MUST wear a helmet. 18 years or older will be your choice. We supply the helmets.
  • Riding Experience: Is not necessary, all is welcome
  • Weight restrictions: 270 lbs
  • Health: Good health, free of neck and back injuries, cannot be pregnant. No Oxygen Tanks
  • Attire: Long pants preferred but not necessary and closed-toe shoes are a must.
  • No Sandal’s or Flip-flops
  • No Riding doubles
  • We welcome single riders and group riders.
  • We furnish water and bottle holders on the saddles.
  • We use Australian Trail Saddles and Western Saddles
  • Everyone must use a loading block no matter the experience level.

 

Experiences

 

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cyclists of all levels will find a challenging and enjoyable ride on the 15 miles of multi-use trails. Be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, horseback rider or park vehicle.

  • Please stay on designated trails, ride responsibly, and respect the park’s visitors and wildlife.
  • The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly. 
  • Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

 

Camping Equestrian

Camping Equestrian

Primitive horse camping is available at Rock Springs Run State Reserve on a first-come, first-served basis. Horse stalls, corrals and posts for tethers are available. A restroom with showers is available. Ground grills are provided and fires are permitted only in these grills. Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.

  • Tents are permitted and must be pitched in designated camping areas only. Recreational vehicle and trailer parking are on a first-come, first-served basis. Temporary fencing is not permitted. Non-potable water is available for the horses and there are troughs in several locations. Proof of negative Coggins must be carried at all times.
  • At least one member of the camping party must be 18 years of age. Pack in all food, water and firewood, and pack out all trash. The collection of firewood is prohibited.
  • Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance by phone and can be held with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. If paying by check, payment must be received no later than 10 days from the date the reservations are made. For reservations and fee information, contact Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407-553-4383.

 

Camping Primitive

Camping Primitive

Canoe Camping

Two primitive canoe campsites are accessible only by canoe or kayak. Indian Mound and Buffalo Tram are two beautiful campsites located on Rock Springs Run. Travel to either site can begin from any livery along the Wekiva River or inside Wekiwa Springs State Park

  • These campsites are primitive. Both sites have fire rings and can accommodate up to 10 people each.
  • Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.
  • Campers are required to be at the primitive campsite at least two hours before park closing. Campers have no vehicle access to these sites.
  • Reservations are required and can be made no more than 60 days in advance by calling Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407-553-4383. 
  • Canoes and kayaks can be rented inside Wekiwa Springs State Park or at other liveries along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River. You can even plan trips to include other canoe sites located in Wekiwa Springs State Park. Information on overnight canoe or kayak rentals, shuttles or guided trips can be obtained at Nature Adventures or by calling 407-884-4311.

 

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It’s effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that’s a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult.

The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land-use ethics should be followed.

 

Hiking

Hiking

The reserve has 14 miles of hiking trails that lead through sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, bayheads, oak hammocks and swamps.

A unique natural feature of the reserve is the spring/run river system that surrounds most of the reserve’s perimeter and can be accessed from the hiking trails. This system is formed from the discharge of several artesian springs together with the tannic runoff from the surrounding watershed, creating one of the most scenic canoe trails in Central Florida. It is truly beautiful and wonderfully serene!

Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional bicyclist, horseback rider or park vehicle. Please stay on designated trails, hike responsibly, and respect the park’s visitors and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your hike accordingly.

  • The trails are located in a wilderness area. Please take water, a compass and a map.
  • Rock Springs Run State Reserve has several weekend hunts from October to January. During the hunt weekends, parts of the trail system are closed and all hunting areas are posted. See park alerts for more information.

 

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Cyclists of all levels will find a challenging and enjoyable ride on the 15 miles of multi-use trails. Be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, horseback rider or park vehicle.

  • Please stay on designated trails, ride responsibly, and respect the park’s visitors and wildlife.
  • The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly. 
  • Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

 

Tours

Tours

Guided trail rides are available at Rock Springs Run through the park’s riding concession, Cactus Jack. Let them schedule your trail ride from the beautiful Rock Springs riding stable area within Rock Springs Run Reserve. Some trails are shaded, and some are open and scenic. This is Florida at its best.

Typical rides are for 1, 1.5 or 2 hours, but a ride can be customized for your group. Enjoy your ride with experienced guides on gentle horses along beautiful trails through the park.

  • Ages six and up – no double riding. Singles, couples or large groups are welcome. 
  • For information and reservations, call 352-266-9326.

 

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Florida black bear, Florida scrub-jay, sandhill crane, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and a variety of more common species often are seen throughout the reserve.

Amenities

 

Accessible Amenities

Accessible Amenities

Rock Springs Run State Reserve is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all of our visitors. These amenities include:

  • Cabin for overnight accommodations.
  • Interpretive exhibits.
  • Restrooms.
  • The horseback riding concessionaire strives to accommodate all riders. The weight restriction is 300 pounds. Riders must be in good health, free of neck and back injuries, and not pregnant. Oxygen tanks are not allowed. Call ahead to determine if you will be allowed to participate in this activity.
  • Equestrian camping is primitive. The bathhouse is accessible. There are two accessible parking spaces.

Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.

Cabins

Cabins

The Hammock House on the Wekiva River is a gorgeous resort rental cabin. It boasts four bedrooms/four bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, billiards room, stone fireplace, huge decks under an oak hammock, and two canoes available to guests. There is also a stable associated with the house.

  • This vacation rental is a jewel in the woods, yet close to Orlando, Sanford, Lake Mary and Mount Dora. For information and reservations, contact Debbie Zito at Rock Springs Trailrides or call 352-266-9326.

 

Equestrian Trail

Equestrian Trail

Rock Springs Run State Reserve has 17 miles of horse trails that are multi-use trails taking the rider through a variety of plant communities and near Rock Springs Run. Horses and riders are required to stay on the designated horse trails. 

Because the trails are multi-use, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, bicyclist or park vehicle. Please ride responsibly, and respect the park’s visitors and wildlife. 

  • The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly
  • Horses are not permitted in the spring run. There is a flowing well along the trail for thirsty horses but this water is non-potable and not for human consumption.
  • Proof of negative Coggins is required.
  • The trails are located in a wilderness area. Please take water, a compass and a map.
  • Rock Springs Run State Reserve has several weekend hunts from October to January. During the hunt weekends, parts of the trail system are closed and all hunting areas posted. 

 

Historic Site

Historic Site

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Cyclists of all levels will find a challenging and enjoyable ride on the 15 miles of multi-use trails. Be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, horseback rider or park vehicle.

  • Please stay on designated trails, ride responsibly, and respect the park’s visitors and wildlife.
  • The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your ride accordingly. 
  • Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

 

Parking

Parking

Pets

Pets

Pets are welcome in the reserve and on the trails. Pets are not permitted in any primitive camping sites (horses are permitted for camping but only in the horse camping area). Pets must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash.

Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies.

  • Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park.
  • Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds or fish, must be confined or under the physical control of the owner.
  • Some animals may be prohibited on park property.
  • See our Pet Policy.

 

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

There is one restroom and shower facility in the area near the horse stalls. This facility is ADA accessible, and there is ADA parking directly in front of the building. Florida State Parks