Lets Hike O'Leno to River Rise and back! The Santa Fe river flows through O'Leno state park where it goes UNDERGROUND for 3 miles then re-emerges at River Rise. This is an amazing hike, one of the best in Northeast FL. This hike features sinkholes, lakes, varying habitats, and amazing wildlife. I have
hiked this trail several times, and while somewhat difficult is very rewarding. Come on out, you will not regret it!
This hike is approximately 10 miles, and hikers should budget at least 5 hours for this activity. This is an intermediate-to-advanced level day hike open to hikers with some hiking experience in good physical condition. While pets and children are technically allowed on this hike, parents/pet owners should show good judgment when contemplating taking their child/pet on this hike. We will be in near wilderness with NO access to any developments, conveniences or facilities for an entire day. Cell phones likely will not work. This is the real deal, folks!
What to bring: Hikers should wear shoes comfortable for walking long distances. Bring a pack with at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, snacks, bug spray and sunscreen. If you have any relevant health issues, you may want to write those down on a 3x5 card, along with an emergency contact #, and leave that in a conspicuous location in your pack.
Lets meet at 9:30am Saturday April 6th by the suspension bridge adjacent to the main parking area/picnic area/playground. Trail head is nearby and we will hike out from there. There will be a park ranger in the entrance booth to give additional direction if need be.
Note that I may cancel this hike due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. I may post more details as the situation clarifies.
Getting there: Park address is: 410 S.E O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, FL 32643. Best bet is to mapquest that from your location. This park is approximately 90 minutes from Jacksonville. NOTE that the park has a $5.00 per car admission fee and hikers are responsible for covering this fee.
Park phone: (386)[masked]
Park Website: http://floridastateparks.org/oleno/default....
Interested in staying overnight? The park has campsites for $18.00 per night. Go to www.reserveamerica.com if you are interested in a campsite. The park also rents cabins for varying amounts, call the park at (386)[masked] for more information on campsites or cabins. The town of High Springs may also have additional motel and camping opportunities.
See you there!