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“Great park, friendly staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of O'Leno State Park

O'Leno State Park
410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-1853
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in High Springs
Type: State Parks
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Owner description: 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.
tampa
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“Great park, friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Great campground to stay, very quiet and secluded, lots of hiking trails, places to explore, The Rangers are very friendly, firewood available. Bathrooms are kept very clean. The only thing is there is store and the closest town is about 5 to 10 miles away. No washing machines available either. The site for the most part are all great and secluded and not close to your neighbor. UC plenty of wildlife, Deers roaming the park early in the morning and afternoon. Loved our stay and would return again!!

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Haines City, Florida
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“Much needed respite from the everyday hustle and bustle.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

CONS: There was only one however it made a huge negative impact on what activities my best friend could go with her grandchildren because she has arthritis and needs to use a small GoGo scooter when it gets too bad. The day park location where the Town of Leno is located has a two huge parking lots with more than adequate Handicapped Accessible parking spaces. The convenience ends there. Once one leaves the parking lot and ventures farther in, there are no paved pathways. Her scooter got stuck more than once and she had to push it out. She couldn't venture in to the nice, historical parts of the park nor near the river or playground because of this and the ground isn't level which is unsafe for her to walk on when she isn't 100%. I mentioned the need for this improvement in the feedback section of the Florida State Park website and hopefully, with time, someone will also see the need for this improvement. I know in my heart that she isn't the only person on this earth that would enjoy being in our wonderful parks when there is safe, paved pathways.

PROS: Beautiful and well preserved land. Thanks to feedback from my friend's son, who lives in North Florida and has been here before and loved it, as well as very good pictures on the Florida State Parks website, we stayed in Magnolia 24, directly across from the very up dated bathhouse. One review I had previously read mentioned the change was coming. It's a very nice building. Plenty of hot water. Great water pressure. A heat lamp in the ceiling over each bath stall with a switch to turn it off when it wasn't needed. Three regular sized shower/toilet stalls with an ADA sized stall of each kind on the ends. This stall could use an adjustable handheld shower head, however what is currently installed is adequate. I did mention that this would be a pleasant change, along with the afore mentioned need for more paved paths in my feedback on the Florida State Park website. Hopefully, with time, this change occurs. Campsite were large and roomy. A really big picnic table was on ours that could easily hold 8-10 adults. A metal fire circle with an attached adjustable grate was also there. Bagged firewood can be purchased at the ranger's station when you first check in. Peaceful and quiet. One female deer was seen mid morning in the campsite host's site. Lots of signs on the bathhouse talking about personal and animal safety, quiet time and checking for ticks. A standalone sign was near both sides of the bathhouse where daily activities within the park were posted. A large, raised, mulched playground with a swing set, slide set up and other cool activities was nearby. It was a location the grandkids and I spent a LOT of time at. Live non-venomous snakes enclosed in different sized aquariums were a hit with the kids in The Nature Center as well as live turtles, stuffed Fox Squirrels, skulls of local animals, skins of venomous snakes, lot of posters and much literature. Two outside and enclosed pens housed both Gopher and Box Tortoises at a good height were the kids could spy them as well as providing a safe home for these critters. Lots of native grey squirrels were in the area, so we never left any unattended food outside when we were done with it. The nearby (17+) mile away town of High Springs has a Winn-Dixie for last minute food shopping as needed as well as other store. The farther away town of Alachua is a beautiful "Old Florida" city that is home to one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in a long time, The Conestoga. It's definitely worth a trip in to that area for lunch or dinner. The freshly fried battered mushrooms are a must try as your appetizer. Lots of good, well made, country food. It was well worth the drive for us from Polk County to visit her son and his family and thanks to his generosity, to borrow his travel trailer and spend last weekend there. We hope to go back and stay there again, hopefully with our own camper. It would be hot in the Florida summer yet it would be fun to sink in to the chilly spring waters located in the day park swim area.

Visited October 2013
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“Great Family time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We are camping in site #29. One of the bigger sites. #30 next to us has been empty all week because none of the rigs could back in due to a huge tree across the road. But that was fine with us because we used it for corn hole. Lots of walking trails with tons of deer. We have 3 dogs and had plenty of different routes to take. Kids loved taking off on bikes with so many trails to explore over across the bridge. Everyone is so nice and happy to help. The sites are right next to eachother .... so if you are wanting seclusion, sorry, not going to happen. We haven't had any problem with bugs or mosquitos. We tube the ichetucknee river every summer so we will be back for the summer.

Visited October 2013
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“Where the Santa Fe river goes underground for 3 1/2 miles then re-emerges!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I really enjoyed visiting the Alligator Warrior festival where re-enactors of an early Muskogee creek people set-up camp and demonstrate skills and tecniques from early times. There is a mood of relaxation and friendliness. There are also other native-themed vendors and crafters and a variety of food booths with southern/cracker cooking.
The park is very lovely with swimming area and easy walks to explore middle FL. forests and history.

Visited October 2013
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gulfport, fl
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“Ok, we kayak but it has more than that”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We love this park, 2 rivers nearby, the Santa Fe and the Ichteucknee that are really great, all kinds of trails, and lovely campsites. Going there again next weekend. And the staff is very helpful. To me it is totally worth the 2 hour drive from St Pete.

Visited September 2013
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