O'Leno State Park
Located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River, the park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, and sandhills. As the river courses through the park, it disappears underground and reemerges over three miles away in the River Rise State Preserve. One of Florida's first state parks, O'Leno was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The suspension bridge built by the CCC still spans the river. Visitors can picnic at one of the pavilions or fish in the river for their dinner. Canoes and bicycles are available for rent. While hiking the nature trails, visitors can look for wildlife and enjoy the beauty of native plants. The shady, full-facility campground is the perfect place for a relaxing overnight stay.
Explore the river by canoe and observe the area's scenic beauty and wildlife. Canoe rentals are available at the park ranger station.
O'Leno has two camping loops (Magnolia and Dogwood) with 61 campsites, each with water, electric, in-ground grill, picnic table and a centrally located restroom in each camping area. Dumpsters are located off the Park Drive across from the Law Enforcement Office. Leashed, well behaved and attended pets are allowed within the two campground loops but not in the swimming Area, river, youth camps or buildings.
ADA accessible bathroom facilities are located in the Magnolia and Dogwood loops. There is no maintained pathway to the bathroom facility located in the Dogwood loop. Assistance may be necessary.
The Santa Fe River is an unpredictable fishing spot. Sometimes the fish bite, sometimes they don't. A Florida freshwater fishing license may be required.
O'Leno has two scenic walking trails, the River Trail and the Limestone Trail. The River Trail takes you along the river to the " river sink" where the river disappears underground. Alligators and turtles are sometimes seen. The Limestone Trail passes through a hardwood hammock, past a limestone outcrop and then by a pine forest. There are an additional 13 miles of hiking and biking trails available. These trails are well maintained and marked.
The primitive River Rise equestrian camp contains a 20-stall barn, a restroom with showers and a pavilion along with 35 miles of equestrian trails. Leashed pets are allowed inside the camping area, but not on the trails. Accommodations are made at the ranger station the day of arrival.
Enjoy the park's picnic area with covered shelters that are available on a first come first serve basis overlooking the Santa Fe River.
There are electric and water hookups as well as a dump station. The maximum RV length is 50-feet.
A refreshing swim in the designated swimming area is a good way to enjoy the Santa Fe River. Keep in mind there is no lifeguard on duty.
O'Leno State Park is located on U.S. 441, six miles north of High Springs.