O'Leno State Park
O'Leno State Park
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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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  • Nicole B
    Porto Alegre, RS1,014 contributions
    Walking Trails
    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.
    Visited December 2020
    Written December 30, 2020
  • Liz D
    Key West, Florida215 contributions
    A great state park!
    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.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 5, 2020
  • adamgregorykirk
    Jacksonville Beach, Florida5 contributions
    The Sante Fe river is beautiful, but O'Leno camp sites are pretty crowded together
    We stayed at O'Leno State Park in the end of January 2023 in Dogwood Loop site #53. We were tent camping, and all the sites in this area were very close together with very little separation between them. It seemed like they'd clear an area and stick two sites on each clearing. We had no vegetation or separation between us and our immediate neighbors, and a thin strip of vegetation (albeit with a cleared walking path going right through the middle) between us and the neighbors on the other side. You could clearly see all your neighbors (in fact, you could see 2 to 3 sites down in each direction). We didn't mind particularly, but it does seem weird if you go to have dinner at your picnic table and your neighbors are at theirs, and you're only 10 feet apart. We did spend the money to visit Anderson Outdoors and canoe down the Santa Fe River, and that was an amazing experience. I'd love to do that again, but perhaps try another state park on the river. The bath houses were always clean, and (the men's at least) had 3 shower stalls, 3 bathroom stalls, 2 urinals, and 2 main sinks (an additional one in the handicapped stall). This was nice, and every camp site has a short trail leading to the centrally located bath house (there are 2 camp site loops, and each loop has it's own central bath house in the middle).
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 31, 2023
  • Dave
    Altamonte Springs, Florida3 contributions
    Good for visit bad for camping
    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.
    Visited May 2020
    Written May 30, 2020
  • SK Traveler
    High Springs, Florida190 contributions
    Nice for a walk, a little history, but no swimming area, very pretty trails
    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.
    Visited October 2020
    Written October 28, 2020
  • Starviagera
    Florida2,115 contributions
    Nice but could use some TLC
    The river was too high unfortunately. The bridge was closed. The restrooms and change room could use some maintenance. Young parents this days don’t control themselves or their children. Nice park but needs TLC.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2022
  • BlueWaterGator
    High Springs, Florida107 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    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
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written November 21, 2020
  • 715janiss
    30 contributions
    Florida please take care of your parks
    We camped several nights at O'Leno State Park in January 2020. The park has lots of natural attractions but lacks managememt to make it a great park. Ecotic plants are taking over the park. There are lots of exibits in the Nature Center but few of them are labeled. This park could be so much better.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2020
  • Bonnie S
    1 contribution
    Badly marked trails
    Man at gate gave us map and said ,"good luck" as we broght our fat tire bikes to the park. Haw can you manage the trails when {a) park personnel are at a loss as to what they mean, and , (b) maps make no sense. We wandered on thick sand trails that only bikes could use. Ridiculous! Four wheeled vehicles could use, but we walked these "trails" most the way. .we got so lost. Trails horribly markef. Somebodu needs to get their sct together!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Ferrell H
    DeLand, Florida2 contributions
    Great old park!
    I camped in this park with my teardrop and visited nearby Ichetucknee as well. There were plenty of sites available to book, so it was super easy to get into. The park is one of the older parks, but it’s really, really nice, and peaceful. When I came in, two young dear walked right across the road in front of me, the next day when I went to visit Ichetucknee, the same two dear crossed the road in front of me again in the other direction. The trail hikes are easy in this park, and it’s cool to see wherever the river disappears. The roads are a little rough in the camping areas, and the spaces are a little tight, but overall, two thumbs up.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written July 4, 2022
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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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SK Traveler
High Springs, FL190 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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Starviagera
Florida2,115 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The river was too high unfortunately. The bridge was closed. The restrooms and change room could use some maintenance. Young parents this days don’t control themselves or their children. Nice park but needs TLC.
Written October 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BlueWaterGator
High Springs, FL107 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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715janiss
30 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We camped several nights at O'Leno State Park in January 2020. The park has lots of natural attractions but lacks managememt to make it a great park. Ecotic plants are taking over the park. There are lots of exibits in the Nature Center but few of them are labeled. This park could be so much better.
Written January 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bonnie S
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Friends
Man at gate gave us map and said ,"good luck" as we broght our fat tire bikes to the park. Haw can you manage the trails when {a) park personnel are at a loss as to what they mean, and , (b) maps make no sense. We wandered on thick sand trails that only bikes could use. Ridiculous! Four wheeled vehicles could use, but we walked these "trails" most the way. .we got so lost. Trails horribly markef. Somebodu needs to get their sct together!!
Written March 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ferrell H
DeLand, FL2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I camped in this park with my teardrop and visited nearby Ichetucknee as well. There were plenty of sites available to book, so it was super easy to get into. The park is one of the older parks, but it’s really, really nice, and peaceful. When I came in, two young dear walked right across the road in front of me, the next day when I went to visit Ichetucknee, the same two dear crossed the road in front of me again in the other direction. The trail hikes are easy in this park, and it’s cool to see wherever the river disappears. The roads are a little rough in the camping areas, and the spaces are a little tight, but overall, two thumbs up.
Written July 4, 2022
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Lovebus279
Clarkesville, GA54 contributions
Feb 2023
We only stayed one night here at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Fl. It is Florida's oldest state park and it is full of mossy oaks and this is real down home camping. Lots of trails to hike on and it sets along the Santa Fe River. This was the first camp out with our new camper and we had to use a dumping station and everything went well. Lots of greenery around and very quiet!!!! We would camp here again!!!!
Written March 4, 2023
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Lisa M
Cape Coral, FL10 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We were in site 29 of Magnolia which was beautifully wooded. However it sounds like we are near a babbling brook...our faucet leaks and although we asked for 50 Amp, it was broken so can run only one AC and shut it off during cooking. The bridge is closed.
The trails are wonderful said our 2 yr old German Shepherd!
Good for the price and one night on the way to Destin.
Written October 28, 2022
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swampytime
Homosassa, FL43 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Love our state parks. We had site 26 in the Magnolia campground. Level, spacious and shade. W/E and dump station. The other campground Dogwood was better for popups and tents. Multiple hiking and biking trails. Clean bathrooms. Historical buildings and a museum.
Written January 31, 2020
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