400 E Kelly Park RD Apopka, FL 32712
Admission: $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle 3-8 people
Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring (Rock Spring – 68 degrees Farenheit year round) issuing from a vertical rock bluff.
Rock Springs Run, a clear, swift creek, is popular with tubers.
The park features a full-service concession, picnic pavilions and playground. Tent and RV camping are also available at this park. Kelly Park’s Camp Joy for group camping is just next door.
Although most people come for the tubing, hiking is also another fun option here. The Kelly Loop Trail shows off Rock Springs and the best features of the park.
This park fills up quickly on summer weekends, and closes when it reaches maximum capacity, so plan to arrive early. A favorite activity is floating or “tubing” the spring run. Bring your own, or rent tubes from private outfitters located just outside the park.
Kelly Park exists because Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly, one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, gifted this beautiful spot to the people of Apopka in 1927 for use as a park, wildlife preserve, and bird sanctuary.