| Apr 22, 2014
| 7:15 PM
We hear a lot about Central Florida's paved bike trails but less about the even more abundant unpaved hiking trails. Here are seven gems all within an hour's drive of downtown Orlando: Florida Trail, Flagler Trail, Shingle Creek Trail, Wekiva River Buffer...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 4:48 PM
It's well-known that our very own Wekiva River is designated a National Wild and Scenic River, great for kayaking and canoeing. Just one other Florida river has such a designation: the Loxahatchee River, two hours south of Orlando. It's a river dark...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Note: Kelly Park is not to be confused with Rock Springs Run State Reserve, which is off limits to swimmers. For information on that state park, see below.
Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park 400 East Kelly Park Road
Apopka, FL 32712
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:39 AM
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, Florida 32712
Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 10:18 AM
| Feb 18, 2013
| 3:34 PM
The Seminole Wekiva Trail, a 14-mile urban, multi-use trail, runs on the former Orange Belt railway line. The trail runs from Markham Road near SR46 on the north end, to SR436 and Laurel Road on the south end.
The north end includes a section of off-road...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Spring weather. Beautiful sunsets. What's missing? If you answered "hiking boots and a compass," we clearly don't run in the same circles.
In fact, I prefer not to run at all — especially when there are watering holes with an outdoor patio to kick...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 11:20 AM
Florida's rivers are in trouble.
That's what the Orlando Sentinel found after a yearlong evaluation of some of the state's biggest and smallest, most urban and remote, cleanest and dirtiest, protected and abused rivers.
Of the 22 rivers studied,...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 1:08 PM
A routine check of my wildlife camera, which is located in our Seminole County backyard not too far from Wekiva River Basin, reveals some interesting bear behavior. The carefully hidden remote weather-proof Bushnell HD Trail video camera has a motion-...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 10:29 AM
After a decade of war, many veterans coming home are finding difficulty integrating back into society, where civilians move at a different pace, react to situations differently and respond with a different level of urgency. Many veterans miss the...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Standing less than 2 miles from an algae-plagued Wekiwa Springs, Gov. Rick Scott and Florida's top environmental officials gushed praise Wednesday for $37 million in public money set aside to jump-start restoration work at some of the state's best-known...