O'Leno State Park

O'Leno State Park, High Springs: Address, Phone Number, O'Leno State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

O'Leno State Park
4.5
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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.
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Mimi F
Wisconsin8 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Park is nice.
Campsites horrible. Cramped, small, you will be right in top of your neighbor.
Few trees or other visual barriers between sites. Most look like like they took one fairly decent sized campsite and divided them into two.
Written December 16, 2021
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Zeb
Myrtle Beach, SC324 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful park, but some portions closed due to flooding. It would have been nice to know that portions were closed BEFORE we paid to get in.
Written September 29, 2021
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Biff Simpson
Wilbraham, MA917 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We have stayed at over 200 campgrounds over the past 3 years and have learned to appreciate the little things. Like:
- Hot showers with no waiting and a bench on which to change
- Bulletin boards with useful info at the rest room areas and a take/leave library
- Two separate playgrounds within a two minute walk
- Clean campsites and nearby trash barrels
- A call from staff at 4:30pm to tell us that although the check-in station was closing at 5pm, they would leave an information pack for us and let us know our site number

I’ll be back
Written April 28, 2021
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Nicole B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates996 contributions
Dec 2020
Nice open park with multiple, well-marked walking trails. Cool suspension bridge built by the CCC. Cars pay $5 to enter, or $2 per person. Park ranger wasn't wearing a mask and then sneezed on the map as she handed it to the car in front.
Written December 30, 2020
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BlueWaterGator
High Springs, FL106 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
We love this State Park because it offers a broad range of services and entertainment. Wonderful day-hiking around the river, cool suspension bridges, swimming in the river, picnic tables (many covered). And massive grass areas. Of course there are swings and playgrounds for the little ones. The park is large enough to accommodate many people, a RARE occurrence, while still keeping your visit private. Ample close by parking and overall beautiful scenery. In our view the park is under-utilized. The facilities are adequate, a bit dated and in need of maintenance/upgrades like so many parks. Altogether a great place for the Family to enjoy the outdoors or for a nice picnic. Hope you enjoy as much as we do. Great local destination. Cheers... BlueWaterSailor
Written November 21, 2020
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SK Traveler
High Springs, FL161 contributions
Oct 2020
O'leno is a pretty park with some nice walking trails with river views and even a suspended bridge. There is not swimming allowed in the river anymore though many years ago locals swam there all the time. There is a spot on the trail where the river sinks underground and disappears which is interesting, lots of turtles and sometimes alligators there. Nice place for a walk, make sure to cover your legs and ankles for ticks/chiggers.
Written October 28, 2020
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Ashley J
8 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
My family had fun . Nice tree covering during the work. A playground, bathroom were clean. Kids 8 & 10 enjoyed it. Not over crowd
Written September 10, 2020
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Liz D
Key West, FL215 contributions
Aug 2020
We love the state parks in general and this is definitely a must-see! It's one of the older parks so it has more buildings and infrastructure (built in the '30s but the CCC) than many of the newer parks. Many of the buildings were closed because of Covid, but the important facilities like bathrooms were still available. There's extensive hiking, a swimming area, boat launch, picnic spots and a playground so there was still plenty to do.

We camped in the Dogwood Campground which was great. The sites are a little harder to back into if you have a larger camper/RV because the road is narrow but they're also very private. The bathhouse is in great shape and was very clean. When we booked, I didn't realize that there are two seperate campgrounds and that Dogwood is over a mile from the hiking area, river, and dumpsite. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but I think next time we'd stay at the Magnolia campground instead.
Written August 5, 2020
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Dave
Altamonte Springs, FL3 contributions
May 2020
Park is beautiful. Main attraction is the swimming area and rustic remains of the original town of Keno which became O'leno. There is a swimming area in the river and a walk through the forest along the river to the place where the river goes underground, all very interesting. There are an abundance of ticks, chiggers and mosquitos. Area is very humid and this makes it uncomfortable if temperatures goes above 85. We decided to camp here having visited other FSP campgrounds. The campgrounds here are sandy with a clay being introduced to park. When it rains the campsites flood and sand sticks to the bottom of feet and shoes making your tent or camper gritty, sites should have paved area or gravel to make them more comfortable Cooking areas are fire-pits in the ground - making it hard to cook or even light coals as the pit is moist at all times. There is no camp store and Magnolia camp is closest to the attraction, but still a hike. We brought our dogs (18 and 30 lbs) and there was no place to let them off the leash. Most of our week was spent out of the park visiting close by springs because of the above conditions.
Written May 30, 2020
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Ihasha H
Fort Myers, FL17 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Great place to visit for all ages. We strolled the River trail, and it was gorgeous. Well maintained trails and facilities.
Written March 13, 2020
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