O'Leno State Park is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near High Springs, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!