O'Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve

O'Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve O'Leno State Park & River Rise Preserve State Park, located on the Sante Fe River in High Springs, Florida. Camping, Swimming, Hiking, Equestrian, & More!
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Florida State Park offering Bicycling, Birding, Cabins/Lodging, Camping, Equestrian, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Fishing, Hiking, Historic Sites, Museum, Picnic, Playground and Swimming.

Operating as usual

Friends of O'Leno
09/03/2020

Friends of O'Leno

The Friends of O’leno are still busy helping the park. We have funded the new roof on the Nature Center and it looks great! Stop by the park and check it out!

2020 Race the Tortoise 5K photos are uploaded! https://photos.app.goo.gl/kUekCsiCgbmzMNkW6Great memories from O'Leno Sta...
07/25/2020

2020 Race the Tortoise 5K photos are uploaded!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/kUekCsiCgbmzMNkW6

Great memories from O'Leno State Park! The park is open for day use, so come take an early morning run with your 5K park pass. The park opens at 8am. If you are in close proximity to other visitors or staff, a mask is required. Otherwise, get a workout in, and take in the fresh air.

Friends of O'Leno
07/25/2020

Friends of O'Leno

Marilyn Linderman of Alachua, Florida passed away this past Friday, July 17, 2020 at the age of 77. Originally from New Orleans, she is survived by her twin sister and family who still reside there. She was preceded in death by her husband Doyle Linderman.

A well-known horse enthusiast, she was a founding member of the Friends of O’Leno, the Citizen Support Organization of O’Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks. Along with her riding companions Helen Koehler (Pankratz), and Sondra Smith, Marilyn was instrumental in the development of the equestrian facilities at River Rise Preserve State Park, and a devoted supporter of O’Leno and River Rise Preserve in general. In fact, in addition to organizing numerous competitive trail rides which funded the facilities at River Rise Preserve, she participated in the first running of the Race the Tortoise 5K at the age of 69!

Her spunky, comedic personality will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Marilyn.

07/25/2020
Exciting things going on at River Rise!  A brand new board fence front entrance in progress & an awesome message to the ...
05/05/2020

Exciting things going on at River Rise! A brand new board fence front entrance in progress & an awesome message to the returning trail riders!

Good News! River Rise will be open for day use only starting Monday! Please follow the guidelines laid out below.  O’len...
05/03/2020

Good News! River Rise will be open for day use only starting Monday! Please follow the guidelines laid out below. O’leno will remain closed for now so there are no day use fees for River Rise at this time.

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that beginning Monday, May 4, some Florida State Parks will re-open access to trails, day use areas and beach access with limited facilities. Visitors will be asked to practice proper social distancing, to limit group size to 10 or less and to stay six feet apart. DEP is actively working to develop the next phase of additional openings that can be expected over the coming days. As always, we will continue to keep our communities informed through social media and our website. For additional details, please visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/safety-updates

O’leno State Park & River Rise Preserve are CLOSED until further notice.
03/23/2020

O’leno State Park & River Rise Preserve are CLOSED until further notice.

At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our award winning state parks as soon as possible. As always, we will be providing updates to the public on the Florida State Parks webpage and social media channels.

Here is the latest update from the State Parks.  Camping will be suspended for 60 days starting Friday. New park hours a...
03/17/2020

Here is the latest update from the State Parks. Camping will be suspended for 60 days starting Friday. New park hours are 8-5.

Currently, all Florida State Parks are OPEN for day use; however, visitation hours will be to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. effective immediately. Additionally, DEP has canceled all events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping/cabin reservations at Florida State Parks for the next 60 days. Beginning Friday, March 20, campgrounds and all overnight accommodations will be fully closed. Existing overnight camping reservations that begin Wednesday, March 18, will be honored. Visitors must arrive prior to 5 p.m. on March 18 to secure their reservation. After Wednesday, March 18, all reservations moving forward will be canceled and refunded.
ReserveAmerica, our partner in camping reservations, will reach out to affected parties to refund camping reservations. ReserveAmerica can be reached directly at 1-800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287 to answer questions or to modify existing reservations.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation surrounding COVID-19, we will continue to keep the public informed of all new developments. For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/safety-updates

So you think you might have a killer chili recipe?! Come on out to the O'Leno Ole Chili Cookoff and Springs Celebration ...
03/12/2020

So you think you might have a killer chili recipe?! Come on out to the O'Leno Ole Chili Cookoff and Springs Celebration on April 4th and cook it up! There will be cash prizes for Open and Vegetarian categories. For those of you looking for CASI points, there is a CASI sanctioned category as well. And there is a BONUS of an extra $50 for the winner of the Vegetarian category sponsored by Alachua County Environmental Protection Dept!
Visit https://www.friendsofoleno.org/…/springs-celebration-oleno…/ for more details.

So you think you might have a killer chili recipe?! Come on out to the O'Leno Ole Chili Cookoff and Springs Celebration on April 4th and cook it up! There will be cash prizes for Open and Vegetarian categories. For those of you looking for CASI points, there is a CASI sanctioned category as well. And there is a BONUS of an extra $50 for the winner of the Vegetarian category sponsored by Alachua County Environmental Protection Dept!
Visit https://www.friendsofoleno.org/events/springs-celebration-oleno-ole-chili-cookoff/ for more details.

Thank you Mike at Gainesville Running & Walking for sponsoring the Race The Tortoise 5K again this year! Your loyal supp...
03/05/2020

Thank you Mike at Gainesville Running & Walking for sponsoring the Race The Tortoise 5K again this year! Your loyal support of this event means so much to O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks. Stop by and give Mike a high-five!
http://runningandwalkingstore.com

Thank you Mike at Gainesville Running & Walking for sponsoring the Race The Tortoise 5K again this year! Your loyal support of this event means so much to O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks. Stop by and give Mike a high-five!
http://runningandwalkingstore.com

Much appreciation to Dana at Lloyd Clarke Sports! Continuing a tradition of supporting the Race the Tortoise 5K and O'Le...
03/05/2020

Much appreciation to Dana at Lloyd Clarke Sports! Continuing a tradition of supporting the Race the Tortoise 5K and O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks. Stop in and check them out!
https://www.lloydclarkesports.com

Much appreciation to Dana at Lloyd Clarke Sports! Continuing a tradition of supporting the Race the Tortoise 5K and O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks. Stop in and check them out!
https://www.lloydclarkesports.com

Our heartfelt thanks go out to The Trophy Shop in Gainesville for donating our trophy plates this year!  It has helped u...
03/02/2020

Our heartfelt thanks go out to The Trophy Shop in Gainesville for donating our trophy plates this year! It has helped us keep trophy costs under control in a year that we will be up against a very big race on the same date. This year's trophies are all handmade by Friends of O'Leno volunteers, and are very unique. 😀

We are so grateful for the continued support of our longest running Race the Tortoise 5K sponsor. High-five to Pulmonary...
02/26/2020

We are so grateful for the continued support of our longest running Race the Tortoise 5K sponsor. High-five to Pulmonary & Sleep Center of Lake City, and Dr. and Theresa Diogenes!

http://www.sleepinlakecity.com

We are so grateful for the continued support of our longest running Race the Tortoise 5K sponsor. High-five to Pulmonary & Sleep Center of Lake City, and Dr. and Theresa Diogenes!

http://www.sleepinlakecity.com

Kudos to Great Outdoors Restaurant for their sponsorship contribution for the 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K. Great folks wit...
02/26/2020

Kudos to Great Outdoors Restaurant for their sponsorship contribution for the 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K. Great folks with a wonderful venue to eat and spend time with friends!
https://greatoutdoorsrestaurant.com/

Kudos to Great Outdoors Restaurant for their sponsorship contribution for the 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K. Great folks with a wonderful venue to eat and spend time with friends!

https://greatoutdoorsrestaurant.com/

We are very excited to feature Capital City Bank as the first Sponsor on board for our 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Wal...
02/26/2020

We are very excited to feature Capital City Bank as the first Sponsor on board for our 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Walk! Be sure to check them out for your financial needs!
https://www.ccbg.com

We are very excited to feature Capital City Bank as the first Sponsor on board for our 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Walk! Be sure to check them out for your financial needs!

https://www.ccbg.com

Register for the 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K by Wednesday, February 26th for $25 and guarantee your t-shirt size! As alway...
02/24/2020

Register for the 2020 Race the Tortoise 5K by Wednesday, February 26th for $25 and guarantee your t-shirt size! As always the registration for 14 yrs and under is $10, and that option now appears on the online registration page at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/HighSprings/2020RacetheTortoise5K. After the 26th, adult registration is $30.

01/25/2020

An important heads-up regarding River Rise Preserve-Barn Side.
The property owners in the middle of River Rise west are beginning their timber harvest so you will see and hear equipment working on that property. Please be vigilant for log trucks entering and exiting through the new easement. Thank you for your patience.

01/21/2020

Camping & facility reservations can only be made online with Reserve America, or by calling 386-454-1853.

Come join us in our efforts to support O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks! We are getting together to decide on ...
01/20/2020

Come join us in our efforts to support O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks! We are getting together to decide on what we can do for these 2 great parks this year! All are welcome to attend and get to know us, and decide if this is an organization you should belong to.
Sandwich & veggie platters, cookies and tea will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you think you can make it, so we can order enough food.

Come join us in our efforts to support O'Leno and River Rise Preserve State Parks! We are getting together to decide on what we can do for these 2 great parks this year! All are welcome to attend and get to know us, and decide if this is an organization you should belong to.
Sandwich & veggie platters, cookies and tea will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you think you can make it, so we can order enough food.

Join us for our First Day Hike!January 1, 20209:00AMMeet at the Large PavillionCome out and explore the park on New Year...
12/10/2019

Join us for our First Day Hike!
January 1, 2020
9:00AM
Meet at the Large Pavillion
Come out and explore the park on New Years Morning! Walk with a ranger on Parener’s Branch Trail. Enjoy fresh air, encounter wildlife, get outdoors!!

If you are interested in reserving a table space to sell crafts/tack or you want to reserve a spot to get your pet photo...
11/15/2019

If you are interested in reserving a table space to sell crafts/tack or you want to reserve a spot to get your pet photo with Santa we need to hear from you by Nov. 30th! Please let us know so we can plan a great day for everyone!
Cathy 407-325-8581
[email protected]

It is an ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL day in the park!! Why aren’t you here??
10/23/2019

It is an ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL day in the park!! Why aren’t you here??

Fun archeology day, Free with park admission!!
10/16/2019

Fun archeology day, Free with park admission!!

Ok Friends of O’leno, tell us your best caption for this photo!All we know is Ranger Rick may need to get some shorter s...
10/12/2019

Ok Friends of O’leno, tell us your best caption for this photo!
All we know is Ranger Rick may need to get some shorter stories!😁💀👻🎃

Don’t forget to come by and see the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses at Literacy Day tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 7!...
09/06/2019

Don’t forget to come by and see the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses at Literacy Day tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 7!! See our event listing for more information!

09/06/2019

Equestrians visiting River Rise Preserve State Park-West side, take note. Work has begun on an access easement to a private parcel. This will involve some trail closures until further notice. Please stay on accessible trails only, thanks.

It’s a beautiful weekend to get out and see the park!! Why aren’t you here?!
06/29/2019

It’s a beautiful weekend to get out and see the park!! Why aren’t you here?!

Congratulations!
06/12/2019

Congratulations!

Two of our own were honored today for Exceptional Service. Congratulations Karen McLain & Bob Mardis!

What is a community bag you ask??https://www.facebook.com/415975505212164/posts/1447843032025401?sfns=mo
05/22/2019

What is a community bag you ask??
https://www.facebook.com/415975505212164/posts/1447843032025401?sfns=mo

POST YOUR PIC TO WIN!!
Don’t forget to buy your Community Bag at Winn Dixie in High Springs before May 31st! $1 from each sale is donated to us to help support the parks!!

Post a pic of Your Bag in the comments!! One picture will be selected at random to win a park pass to O’leno State Park!!

Only 7 days left to get a Community Bag in support of Friends of O'leno and O'Leno State Park. Stop by the High Springs ...
05/22/2019

Only 7 days left to get a Community Bag in support of Friends of O'leno and O'Leno State Park. Stop by the High Springs in Winn-Dixie to get yours. Karen got hers!

What moments will you capture? What memories will you take home?#FloridaStateParks
05/22/2019

What moments will you capture? What memories will you take home?#FloridaStateParks

05/20/2019

On this beautiful Sunday evening we’re just gonna leave this right here. 😊

Friends of O’Leno is excited to have been selected as the May 2019 beneficiary of the Community Bag Program! Each time a...
05/01/2019

Friends of O’Leno is excited to have been selected as the May 2019 beneficiary of the Community Bag Program! Each time a reusable Community Bag is purchased for $2.50 at the Winn-Dixie at 20303 NW Hwy 441, High Springs, Florida during the month of May, we will receive a $1 donation.

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410 SE OLeno Park Road
High Springs, FL
32643

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Hermosa foto Disfruta a tús papas Saludos Están lindas
Found today ❤️ comics from 2017 stuffed inside! Thank you kind soul!
Would be nice, but it is about 900 miles away! 😕
Getting in the Halloween spirit! 😂😎
The walk (hike) from the parking lot and back is a workable stretch if you're reasonably healthy and at least modestly fit. Along the way you'll see a variety of interesting river scapes, although River Sink is surprisingly unspectacular. A lovely walk. Be aware that the autumn colors in the accompanying photo don't really show up untill Dec.
Brandon Boyett Markie Murrhee Kelli Hendricks next trip?
Titus the tortoise will be there.
Nice Fall morning, this morning.
I'm sure you know the electricity is out this is August 17th. Can you let Facebook know when your electricity is back on. I'm camping here
asshloes
We had a wonderful time at O'Leno SP. Kayaked the springs and swam. As resident volunteers in Florida State Parks we love to try and visit as many as we can! The staff and park setting is great!