Paradise Exists on Emerald Cut @ Rock Springs – Apopka


Kings Landing ($10 cash only access/launch fee, rentals available)
5722 Baptist Camp Rd
Apopka, FL 32712
same location as above

Got your own gear? Read-on for a free paddling route guide. Need gear and a guide? Choose the number of people in your group and click “Add to cart” to purchase an all-inclusive private guided tour. Price is per person.


Explore this route in the interactive map below

Click here to open this route, with the ability to pinpoint your GPS location, in your phone’s web browser and use it on the water

This is a paddle I’ve done many times, as I grew up on the Little Wekiva River, not far from this spring. The short paddle called “Emerald Cut” is, in my book, the most beautiful place you can go in Florida by kayak that is easily accessible. The colors are INSANE! There’s some great history to this place as well.

Emerald Cut is the name for this portion (1.5mi or so each way) of Rock Springs Run. The outfitter that controls launches here is called Kings Landing, and that’s where we will be meeting.

The paddle takes around 3 hours, and that is really taking your time, snapping photos, and soaking in the scenery. It is flat water, but there is a significant current, so it does require a bit of energy (good exercise!) on the first leg, which is against the current. Do-able for beginners or experienced paddlers, just be prepared to expend some energy.

If you come out on a private tour, I’ll be snapping photos all along the way and will make sure to send them to you after the tour! If your headed out on your own, I HIGHLY recommend that you bring a camera!

Beginners and experienced kayakers will do fine on this route… just turn around if the current gets to be too much for you. Participants in tours must know how to swim and must wear their provided life-jacket throughout the tour.


Put-in/Starting Point
King’s Landing
5722 Baptist Camp Rd.
Apopka, FL 32712


Take-out/Ending Point (season dependent)
Out-and-back (same as starting point)


Approximate distance typically traveled 
2.5 miles

– comfortable outdoor clothing
– a change of clothing and/or towel
– sunscreen
– water and/or other beverage of choice
– a camera of some sort
– an adventurous attitude


It is a bit buggy out here at night, but is usually fine once we get on the water. Wear long sleeves and pants and bring bug spray. All kayaks should be marked with glow sticks or lights in this location at night.

Want to paddle it yourself? Awesome! Click here to open the route, with they ability to pinpoint your GPS location, in your phone’s web browser and use it to navigate on the water!

Want me as a guide and a few of my Pakayaks as rental boats for this adventure? Simply add the tour to your cart, checkout, and I’ll contact you within 24 hours to get your preferred tour day and time, and any other information I may need from you. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have at this time. If you’d like, feel free to call before booking or after booking instead of waiting for me to contact you.

Private 2 person tours only at this time. Pakayaks are sit-inside touring style kayaks (not suitable for all sizes and experience levels)

A 14ft sit-in touring style kayaks, the Pakayak Bluefin 14 (Suitable for paddlers with some experience. Maximum suggested height 6ft. Maximum suggested weight 250lbs).