Rock Springs Kelly Park

Overview

Rock Springs is a hidden gem. It's one of the best, most popular and beautiful springs in Florida. This spring is near Orlando so it makes a great day trip. The water in Rock Springs is crystal clear, and is filled with fascinating rock formations, including limestone caves and cliffs. Rock Springs is a popular spring for tubing, paddle boarding and more.

Rock Springs Kelly Park Guide

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Rock Springs Kelly Park Details

Rock Springs has been developed into a very popular county park. Because the spring is so close to Orlando, it is a popular day-trip for visitors and locals in search of a natural lazy river.

Rock Springs Kelly Park offers swimming, picnicking and camping facilities, among other things.

Rock Springs emerges from a horizontal cave at the base of a 20 ft (6.1 m) high vertical limestone and sand bluff.

The water is beautiful, clear and blue.

For a few hundred feet (approximately one hundred meters), the stream cuts into limestone, and its bottom has sand and marine fossil shells that eroded out of the limestone.

There is no vegetation and only minor algal growth. Lush ferns and moss blanket the bluff and upper stream banks. The upper part of the run averages 15 20 ft (4.5 6.1 m) wide and 5 ft (1.5 m) deep. Rock Springs Run flows north, east, and south, eventually into the Wekiva River approximately 8.6 miles (13.8 km) downstream. Approximately 120 ft (36.6 m) downstream, a boardwalk arches over the stream. About 1,000 ft (304.8 m) downstream from the springhead, the run has been pooled for swimming. The cave and immediate vicinity are closed to use, but the rest of the run serves as a swimming, snorkeling and tubing hotspot. A dense cabbage palm and oak hammock occupies lands adjacent to the cave and upper part of the run. The spring is bordered on all sides by high, rolling sand hills that are owned and maintained as a county park. 

Nearby City

Apopka, Orlando

Contact Information

Phone: +14072541902

Rock Springs Kelly Park is owned by Orange County and managed by the Orange County Parks Dept.

Location

28°45’23.20”N 81°30’06.25”W
Address: 400 E Kelly Park Rd, Apopka, FL 32712

Directions

Rock Springs is located within Dr. Howard A. Kelly County Park.

  • Rock Springs Kelly Park is approximately 34 minutes (31.5 miles) from Orlando.
  • The city of Apopka is 6 miles north of Rock Springs Kelly Park.

Directions

  • From the junction of US 441 and SR 435 in Apopka:
  • Travel 5.9 miles (9.5 km) north on SR 435.
  • Turn east (right) on Bay Bridge/Rock Springs Road.
  • Travel 0.3 miles (0.5 km) to the park entrance and parking lot.
  • The spring is southeast of the parking area.

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