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So Many Springs, So Little Time

kayaking the emerald cut of the rock springs run in apopka, Florida
Kayaking the Emerald Cut of the Rock Springs Run

Central Florida has the highest concentration of fresh water springs on the planet or so we are told and its no easy task deciding on which ones to visit first. The larger springs create their own creeks and rivers, also called “runs” and after navigating the waters at Silver Springs in a rented canoe we learned two things. First we learned that getting out there on the water is the best way to see the flora and fauna of the floridian forests, second we realized how much easier it is to paddle a Kayak than a canoe and we missed our slolen inflatable more than ever.

For our next jungle adventure we drove to Kings Landing in Apopka where we rented a tandem kayak( $65 for a half day). From King’s Landing we paddled upstream for about a mile through the narrow zigs and zags of the Rock Springs Run, the water becoming clearer and the bottom more sandy with each turn. At some point the spring like January sun and the heavenly beauty intoxicated us to the point where we were swimming and playing in the water like a couple of teens, our boat tied to a tree. This section of Rock Creek is appropriately named the “Emerald Cut”.

emerald cut of the rock springs run in apopka, florida

emerald cut, rock springs run, kings landing
Welcome to Paradise!!

It is important to note that next time we go back we intend to paddle the entire 8.5 mile run through the untouched wilds of the 14000 acre State Park Reserve. This is a designated paddling trail on a designated wild and scenic river which puts it on the must do list and gives it a high score on the “Indiana Jones List” King’s Landing does offers a return shuttle from their pick up point at Wekiwa Island Landing on the Wekiwa River.

emerald cut kayaking on the Rock springs run florida
This is the "we will be back" look

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