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River Rise Preserve State Park

 About River Rise Preserve State Park

View of a wooden 20 stall horse barn with picnic table in the foreground surrounded by green grass.


V. Morgan Tyrone

Like its adjacent neighbor, O'Leno State Park, River Rise Preserve State Park is cool enough now in the mornings and late afternoons to enjoy the extensive trail system comfortably before the mid day heat.  Please remember to have a cell phone, trail map, and water while hiking, biking, or horseback riding on the trails for your safety and enjoyment. With the multiuse trails being shared by hikers, bikers and equestrians please remember to share and use trail etiquette. Trails leading north of Bellamy Road into O'Leno SP are not equestrain trails.

Located on the Santa Fe River, River Rise Preserve State Park offers primitive equestrian camping, fishing, and 34 miles of multi-use trails through 18 different natural communities. In December 2012 equestrians (both day riders and also primitive campers to the Horse Barn Area) who wish to pay for admission to River Rise Preserve SP with a credit card may do so without first registering at the O'Leno SP Ranger Station and by calling that phone number (386-454-1853). Those equestrians who choose to pay with a check or cash would still need to first go to the O'Leno SP Ranger Station before entering River Rise Preserve SP. 

Since January 2013 we also began taking reservations (for up to 60 days ahead of arrival) for primitive equestrian camping at the River Rise Horse Barn area for up to 40 rigs nightly.  

Ticks and other nuisance insects are prevalent
in the outdoors and also at River Rise Preserve SP because of our healthy deer population. We sell tick repellant at the O'Leno Ranger Station for your protection but please be aware that it is not for application directly to skin, only upon clothing or other material.

Please keep in mind that during the Hurricane/Tropical Storm season or heavy rains, flooding of this park east of US 441 is possible resulting in trails being closed as the swollen Upper Santa Fe River flows overland through the park from the Sink at O'Leno State Park to the Rise and out into the Lower Santa Fe River above High Springs, Florida.  Please monitor storm patterns in this area and check with the O'Leno Ranger Station at 386-454-1853 for current conditions during this season.

Please take the opportunity to visit other Florida State Parks in the Greater Gainesville Area.


US 441 Entrance Gate (River Rise East)

Northbound - on US 441, 5 miles north of High Springs

Southbound - 12 miles south of I-75 at exit 414 (Ellisville) on US 441.

The Equestrian Campground entrance is located at 373 Southwest US Highway 27 in High Springs.


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  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are not allowed on the equestrian trails, river or riverbanks, and buildings. They are allowed at the River Rise Equestrian Camping Area, if on a 6’ lease at all times and accompanied by owner at all times.