O'Leno State Park

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O'Leno State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
O'Leno State Park bridge Santa Fe River south02.jpg
Santa Fe River
Map showing the location of O'Leno State Park
Map showing the location of O'Leno State Park
Location Columbia County, Florida, USA
Nearest city High Springs, Florida
Coordinates 29°55′01″N 82°35′02″W / 29.91694°N 82.58389°W / 29.91694; -82.58389Coordinates: 29°55′01″N 82°35′02″W / 29.91694°N 82.58389°W / 29.91694; -82.58389
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

O'Leno State Park is a Florida State Park located on the Santa Fe River six miles north of High Springs on U.S. 441. Many facilities at the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Geology[edit]

The park is made up of sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, and sandhills. The Santa Fe River runs through the park, disappearing into a sinkhole and re-appearing approximately 3.5 miles away at River Rise Preserve State Park, forming a natural land bridge. At one time, the historic Bellamy Road ran across this land bridge.

Fauna[edit]

Among the wildlife of the park are white tailed deer, squirrel, alligators, turtles, raccoons and gopher tortoises.

Recreational activities[edit]

Amenities include a more than 13 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, picnic pavilions, and a full-facility campground which includes family, primitive, youth and group camping.

Hours[edit]

Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

Gallery[edit]

References and external links[edit]

Media related to O'Leno State Park at Wikimedia Commons