It's no secret that Georgia has some beautiful state parks and many incredible hikes that will lead to breathtaking waterfalls. Sometimes though, you may want to switch it up. If you're looking for a change of scenery, taking a road trip from Georgia to springs in Florida might just be the perfect summer adventure. Gear up the car, grab your swimsuit and some friends and head out on your way to Rock Springs Run.

Kelly Park & Rock Springs in Apopka is just about a four-hour trip from South Georgia, perfect for a day's getaway.

This spot is a natural spring that pumps water out 26,000 gallons per minute. The water stays at a constant 68 degrees which allows swimmers, tubers, and kayakers to stay cool under the Florida sun. 

The most popular way to enjoy these waterways is by renting a tube and letting the current take you down the lazy river, also known as Rock Springs Run.

The tropical lush landscape that surrounds the river's banks will make you feel like you're in the jungle on a relaxing scenic adventure. Plenty of spots along the way will beg you to stop and snap a quick pic.

Guests are more than welcome to bring their own tubes, floats, or pool noodles, so long as they're not over five feet in width and length. 

The park doesn't rent out tubes of its own, but a restaurant across the street, Rock Springs Bar & Grille, rents them out every day for $7.

From start to finish, the entire lazy river will only take around 25 minutes to complete. This will give you enough time to explore the rest of the park that's filled with hiking trails and spring overlooks.

There are even overnight camping opportunities if you just can't get enough of the beauty.

They're open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer months. Only 280 vehicles are allowed in each morning on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once they reach capacity, up to an additional 50 guests can receive a parking pass and hang tight to enter after 2 p.m.


You might not believe your eyes at this summery spot with crystal clear blue waters, but you'll leave with the stunning sights and plenty of photos to remember your visit.

Kelly Park & Rock Springs 

Price: 1-2 people, $3, 3-8 people, $5. (per car)

Address: 400 E Kelly Park Rd., Apopka, FL 

Why You Need To Go: This natural spring will mesmerize you with its beauty. You can tube, kayak, or swim through these waters for a great summer day. Camping overnight is also available.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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