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. Located on U.S. 441, six miles north of High Springs.

Really nice walk, I crisscrossed a few of the trails - but spent most of the hike on the green & yellow posted areas. There are some really nice wooden bridges & overlooks that allow you to get a good view of the river. We saw lots of birds, turtles & fish.

camping
1 month ago

Camping is awesome, great hiking trails

Very nice. The park is well maintained and trails are well marked. Paraners Branch trail is a good hour hike that takes you by a few pretty sinkholes and has some varied fauna. River trail is maybe 30 minutes and weaves all around the river. If you're feeling adventurous, do the Sweetwater trail though. It's the blue trail about halfway around Paraners Branch. It's a in and out trail that takes you 6 miles deep to the river sink. 3 miles in is a very secluded lake and primitive campsite. You're likely to be the only person around for miles out there and the hike is pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

River Trail and Paraners Branch Trail. Two really nice walks. Rivertrail took you to the river sink and was a loop trail there were quite a few people on that trail the other one was very nice and went by several sinks.

Another nice hike on a Saturday morning.

family loved it

walking
5 months ago

This trail is a quick scenic walk for any age. We walk out Labrador along this way for leisurely exercise.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a pretty trail with beautiful views of the river, sinkholes, the river sink, turtles, birds, and the surrounding forest. Great walk before settling into a campsite or in the early morning afterward, but the trail can get noisy when crowds (families, scouts) start walking, so be careful with timing around groups.

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6 months ago

Hiked the Green and Yellow. Nice change of terrain. Fast if you want it to be.

hiking
11 months ago

Short, easy trail with great riparian views and natural levees with cypress knees. Santa Fe River seems to pick up speed, with large swaths of duckweed circling before disappearing underground.

camping
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gorgeous park for sure. Unique sceanery for a Florida trail, and the ecosystems varied from Cyprus swamps to desert like scrub.

Unfortunatly, the map they provide is, quite frankly, one of the worst I have used. Still, it's a beautiful and well kept preserve!

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Beautiful park! It feels like you could hike forever here, the trail branches off in multiple places and our total at the end of our hike ended up being 8 miles. I definitely recommend following Paraners Branch Trail out until you see signs that point towards a campsite at Sweetwater Lake -- great place to stop for lunch! If you do head out this way, make sure to bring sun screen. The rest of the trail is very shady, but out this way you will definitely spend some time in the sun.

Also, for the record, there is a $5 per vehicle entrance fee. Very reasonable!

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Beautiful short hike that starts out across an old suspension bridge and travels along the Santa Fe River. This trail also connects to several other longer trails, so if you get out here and want to do more, there are plenty of opportunities :)

Saturday, February 04, 2017

One of our favorite hikes in Florida! Great for a quick stop or a long hike. Will definitely try to do this one more often!

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Starting off on a really cool suspension bridge to cross the Sante Fe river this loop has a nice variety of ups and downs along the banks of the river and woodlands that you traverse as you bend back around toward the campground. The best thing is you only cross the river once and still end up at the starting point because of the Sante Fe's unique disappearing act.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hiked the main trail down to the primitive camp ground in February of 2015 for an overnight camp. We'll maintained and blazed trails. Camp ground was well maintained and had privy. Rocks for seating and fire ring. Nice 3 mile out and back. Potential for muddy tract when rainy.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Great area where you can fish, swim, kayak, hike, bike and camp all in the same day. The short loop following the river is very pretty.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I have hiked his twice and it is one of my favorite trails in the North-Central Florida area. One of the down-sides is that in the summer, the Santa Fe is nearly dry and some parts of the trail is through open areas and it is HOT. Bring water, sunscreen, a large rimmed hat, and sunglasses.

Other parts of the trail is through the woods, along-side sinkholes with water (mosquitoes). We saw a few snakes, and an alligator. Otherwise, nothing to cause alarm.

Beautiful area, rich with history!

hiking
Monday, January 21, 2013

Awesome place went when I was a child and remember the deer eatting out of our hands. Very untouched feel to the woods and surrounding area. Loved it.

camping
Friday, October 07, 2011

O'leno is one of my favorite camping sites. It is usually very uncrowded, with surprisingly clean restrooms & leafy campsites. There is a nice playground & cool suspension bridge next to the river where the trail heads start. I haven't been in a while so this may be somewhat inaccurate, but I think there are 2 trails that are on the shorter side: 2-4 mi each. There are also cabins you can rent. Check it out!

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