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O'Leno State Park

 About O'Leno State Park

Large Recreation Hall built from logs with a tin roof surrounded by overhanging trees.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

V. Morgan Tyrone

O'Leno is located on the Santa Fe River north of High Springs, Florida. O'Leno State Park offers camping, fishing, and many miles of hiking and biking trails in a beautiful 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration era atmosphere. A large picnic area, grills, and children's playground provide a wonderful outdoor environment for group gatherings.

Camping in both the Family Campgrounds and Youth Camps are very popular right now for visitors wishing to experience North Florida. For visitors wishing to see the natural diversity that O'Leno State Park offers, explore our multi-use trails through 18 different natural plant communities shared with adjacent River Rise Preserve State Park. 

With our large population of deer in the park please be mindful of the strong possibility of contact with ticks and other nuisance insects . The park sells tick repellant at the Ranger Station for your protection but be aware that this is ONLY to be applied to clothing, tents, and sleeping bags and NOT directly to skin.

During your visit there may be an opportunity to witness the effects of our prescribed burning program at both O'Leno and adjacent River Rise Preserve State Parks, which helps stimulate plant growth by adding natural carbon to the soil, remove exotic plant immigration, improve feeding for natural grazing animals, and open portions of the park for viewing from our 10 month growing season in North Central Florida. We hope you are able to see the positive difference made, excuse the possible smoke, and not venture into any areas that are blocked off while we conduct the prescribed burns.

When the current Hurricane/Tropical Storm Season or heavy rains are upon us, please be aware that storms affect the rainfall and river levels on the Santa Fe River, which in turn affect our ability to safely allow swimming in the Swimming Area and canoe rentals within the park. Please call the Park Ranger Station before arriving or planning a visit to understand current river levels; and, to also be aware of tropical storm patterns in this area. Flooding and draughts are common and periodic.

Please also take the time to visit our park Nature Center with its live animals, specimens, interpretive displays, and reference books on North Central Florida wildlife and vegetation. It is open on the weekends and staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and staff to answer any questions you may have. We also have a park Museum that tells the story of the town, CCC/WPA, and park. Though not staffed it is open daily from 8:30 AM until 3 PM.

Please take the time to visit all of the other Florida State Parks in the Greater Gainesville Area.

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo

GETTING HERE

Northbound -- O'Leno is located on US 441, 8 miles north of High Springs.

Southbound -- O'Leno is located 8 miles south of I-75 at Exit 414 (Ellisville) on US 441.

GET INVOLVED

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    GET INVOLVED! We are currently seeking Campground Host volunteers. Two host sites are currently available. Please contact Cindy Preston (Wednesday – Saturday) for more information at cynthia.f.preston@dep.state.fl.us or (386) 454-0723.

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of O'Leno, Inc.
  • P.O. Box 2879
    High Springs, FL 32655

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