Go wild with these fun facts.

Just a few minutes away from the crowded Orlando theme parks is an oasis of Central Florida wildlife and natural wonders — Orlando North. We’ve collected some of our favorite fun wildlife facts to introduce you to the beauty and adventure that awaits.

42 million gallons of pure fun - That’s how much crystal-clear water wells up daily from the main spring at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Enjoy swimming, canoeing or kayaking in this beautiful natural gem.

Gator mother lode - Famed as having the highest population of alligators of any lake in North America, Lake Jesup is a sure bet for seeing these creatures lounging, bobbing or sunbathing along the shoreline.

One of only two National Wild & Scenic Rivers in Florida - A paddle down the Wekiva is sure to inspire. It’s federally protected for its outstanding scenery, recreation, geology, fish and wildlife.

Bring binoculars and a sharp set of ears - Experience some of the world’s most enchanting birds on the Great Florida Birding Trail across multiple Orlando North wilderness areas.

Lewis and Clark would be jealous - With 19 miles of winding backwater and untouched surroundings, a trip down the Econlockhatchee River calls for an adventure that suits paddlers from novice to expert.

Great places to explore - The Geneva Wilderness Area promises peace and quiet for any hiker or mountain biker willing to make the trip. Shady trails and calming scenery for serious daydreamers.

Like a field trip, but better - On a hike here, you’ll learn all about Central Florida’s flora and fauna from trail signage and nature centers. Learn even more through special events and environmental programs.

These animals aren’t movie stars - But that doesn’t mean the camera doesn’t love them. All Orlando North wilderness areas allow photography and videoing so visitors can capture everything from bald eagles and gopher tortoises to gators and manatees.

For those who love Florida hook, line and sinker - In a Central Florida locale with countless freshwater lakes, it goes without saying that Orlando North fishing is more than just decent. Don’t forget to grab the camera.

A different kind of hikeChuluota Wilderness Area is one of many excellent spots for true Floridian hiking. Expect sandy boots, majestic trees and scurrying wildlife. 

A round with Mother Nature - For nature-loving golfers, Orlando North features a variety of courses to choose from. It’s the perfect combination: a great Floridian sport set in beautiful natural habitats.

Wise old souls - Great horned owls may be among the natural wonders you’ll encounter on a hike through the beautiful Econ River Wilderness Area.