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O'Leno State Park

High Springs, Florida

Contact Information
410 SE Oleno Park Rd.
High Springs, 32643
(386) 454-1853

Reservation Information: 1-800-326-3521

Driving Directions
O'Leno State Park is located on U.S. 441, six miles north of High Springs.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

O'Leno State Park is located on the banks of the scenic and unique Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River. Within O'Leno, the Santa Fe disappears and flows underground for more than three miles before it again becomes a surface stream at the River Rise. This geological feature makes O'Leno State Park/River Rise Preserve State Park a unique park. You may drive to the Rise to fish or view this distinct part of Florida. O'Leno and River Rise encompass over 6,000 acres in Alachua and Columbia Counties.

Park Activities

Cabins
Group camp facilities consist of 17 cabins, dining hall with kitchen facility, recreation hall and 2 centrally located bathhouses that can be reserved up to 1 year in advance. Individual cabins are available for rental during the off season (September 1 - May 1). Please contact the park office at 386-454-1853 for reservations and information.

Canoeing
Explore the river by canoe and observe the area's scenic beauty and wildlife.

Fishing
The Santa Fe River is an unpredictable fishing spot. Sometimes the fish bite, sometimes they don't. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older who wants to cast a line for bass, bream or catfish.

Full Facility Camping
O’Leno has 61 family campsites, each with water, electric, in-ground grill, picnic table and a centrally located bathhouse in each camping area. Campsites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance.

Nature Trails
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.

Picnicking
Enjoy the parks picnic area with covered shelters that are available on a first come first serve basis overlooking the Santa Fe River.

Playground
Playground areas for children are located in the picnic area for park visitors and Magnolia camping Area for registered campers only

Primitive Camping
Three youth camping areas, each with a covered pavilion, campfire circle, cold showers and restroom facilities. This is primitive camping with NO ELECTRIC. Youth Camping Area reservation can be made up to 11 months in advance by calling the park office at 386-454-1853.

Sweetwater Lake Camping Area - primitive camping with fire circle and privy. You must hike approximately 6.5 miles to camping area and pack in all supplies needed including water.

Horse Barn Camping Area - primitive camping with fire circle, centrally located bathhouse and 20 stall horse barn are available. Please call the park office at 386-454-1853 for more information.

RV's
O'Leno State Park provides 61 family campsites. Approximately 55 of those sites can accomodate RV type campers depending on the size of the camping rig. Each site is equipped with electrical hookups (30 and 50 AMP), potable water, an in-ground fire ring, a picnic table and a centrally located bathhouse. The dump station is located on park drive by the administration office.

Swimming
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 – SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.