O'Leno State Park

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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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

bugs

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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
2 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.

3 months ago

Another nice hike on a Saturday morning.

3 months ago

family loved it

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.

hiking
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!

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!

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