Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka is a fantastic place to view wildlife. The early bird gets the worm in this situation, since the deer are usually out early in the morning to forage for food.
If you arrive at the state park's main gate off Wekiwa Circle in Apopka at 8 am, when the gates open, you may see all kinds of wildlife including deer, turkeys, different species of birds and an occasional black bear.
The deer are particularly fun since they aren't threatened while in the park. They seem to graze and scamper all over the park while not being "spooked" by spectators. A careful creep through the dense brush will get you up close and personal! There are plenty of adorable fawns to watch as well.
The deer can be viewed just by driving slowly down the main park road and carefully looking into the meadows and woods. Packs of bucks, does and fawns can be seen all over the place. If you want to see more up close, the park offers 13 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Wekiwa State Park offers other opportunities as well, including kayaking along the Wekiwa River, canoeing at Rock Springs Run or taking a dip in the cool springs.
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