ABOVE: Swimming area at Kelly Park. (photo provided by Orange County)
Just in time for warmer weather, scenic Kelly Park at Rock Springs re-opened in March after months of closure due to the pandemic. The popular wooded venue features a crystal-clear, 68-degree natural swimming area and a gentle flowing spring that’s perfect for a relaxing tube ride.
The 325-acre park, located 15 minutes from Mount Dora, is now operating at half capacity and fills up early with the 140 vehicles currently allowed. The next 25 vehicles in line receive a pass to return for a post 1 p.m. admittance. The park's picnic pavilions are available to reserve and rent for groups with less than 50 people.
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Tubing on Rock Springs Visitors to Kelly Park can tube down its free-flowing natural spring. Guests can bring their own tubes or pool floats or opt to rent a tube from vendors outside the park. The waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing.
Park Admission: $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional person/walk-ins/motorcycles/bikes. No pets and no alcohol.
Kayak/Canoe/Paddle Board Launch The launch is located at Kelly Park's Camp Joy and the fee is $3 for 1-2 people; $5 for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional per person. Launching hours are between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Guests must return no later than 5 p.m. Rentals are not available at Kelly Park or Camp Joy, but paddlers can rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boards at Wekiva Springs State Park or Kings Landing as alternate destinations.
Hours & location: The Kelly Park is located at 400 E. Kelley Park Road in north Apopka near Mount Dora and Zellwood. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and the waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing. On busy days and holidays, cars sometimes line up at 6 a.m. to ensure entry while capacity is limited during COVID-19 restrictions. During the summer, inclement weather can affect park operations and the swim area will be closed if a storm produces lightning.