Open: Open all year Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 61
About: 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.
O'Leno has two camping loops (Magnolia and Dogwood) with 61 campsites, each with water, electric, in-ground grill, picnic table and a centrally located restroom in each camping area. A dump station and dumpsters are located off the Park Drive across from the Law Enforcement Office. Leashed, well behaved and attended pets are allowed within the two campground loops but not in the swimming Area, river, youth camps or buildings.
ADA accessible bathroom facilities are located in the Magnolia and Dogwood loops. There is no maintained pathway to the bathroom facility located in the Dogwood loop. Assistance may be necessary. If special accommodations are needed, please call the park at (386) 454-1853.
Maximum RV length = 50 ft.
Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica.
Primitive campsites at the Sweetwater Lake Camping Area include fire circle and privy. You must hike approximately 6.5 miles to the site and pack in all supplies, including water. This requires the camper to arrive at the park three hours before sunset (not sundown) to reach the site before dark. The campground accommodates up to 10 people and is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Equestrian Camping at River Rise State Park:The primitive River Rise equestrian camp contains a 20-stall barn, a restroom with showers and a pavilion along with 35 miles of equestrian trails. Leashed pets are allowed inside the camping area, but not on the trails. Accommodations are made at the ranger station the day of arrival.
Reservations may be made by calling the park at (386) 454-1853.
Two youth camps provide a small picnic shelter, ground grill, cold showers and restroom. One camp accommodates up to 25 people, another up to 50. Adult supervision is required. This camping area has no electricity. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance by calling the park at (386) 454-1853.
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