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Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $22.00
Love this state park! Site was a pull through and there was plenty of room between all sites. This park sits on the Santa Fe River just north of High Springs and is close to other sites - springs, towns etc. Kids loved the nature center (open Sat and Sun) and the nature trail along the river. Will return again. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $18.00
Wonderful trees and shady sites. Very quiet - there are shrubs and trees between campsites for privacy (we stayed in the Magnolia loop). Only saw one pull-through site. Nice play area for the kids in the middle of our loop. We walked a couple of the nature trails and saw deer and a wild turkey. No laundry facilities – the ranger said you have to go about 15 miles away to do that. Aluminum and plastic recycling on site. Glad that the shower/rest rooms aren’t air conditioned – in the summer, A/C makes it too cold after a shower. They do have ceiling fans though – which is plenty adequate. Bike paths lead from the park out maybe all the way to Ichetucne – quite a nice surprise. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $20.00
Located on the Sante Fe River, park has two campgrounds – Dogwood and Magnolia. Dogwood is more hilly but with level sites located close to the park entrance. Magnolia is more level with sites which have been recently “corralled” with split rail fencing and a centrally located bathhouse which is closer to the river. Both campgrounds have on-site hosts. Bathhouses are very clean with large, tiled showers and spacious dressing area with heat lamps. No laundry facilities. Originally developed as a CCC camp which built the suspension bridge over the Santa Fe River in 1938, many original buildings survive with a small free museum open. There is a Nature center is open on weekends. Seven trails ranging from .6 miles to over 4 miles hike-able unless the river floods them. The river begins its subterranean flow from the River Sink trail for over three miles until it resurfaces on the River Rise trail. Only a few broadcast television channels from Gainesville are available but acceptable Verizon broadband service. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $19.00
This park has many hiking trails and a river to kayak or canoe in. The sites are sand and wooded. Ours had a fire ring,electric, and water. Wildlife was plentiful with many deer seen on the hiking trails. I would recommend the Magnolia loop for larger units and the Dogwood section for smaller although we were able to fit our 35' motorhome in both on two different stays in November. We will return here often. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $16.00
Roadways around the camping sites are clay/sand. Be careful in selecting your site for ease of setup. If we return, I will select a campsite in the loop closest to the river and education center as it seemed to be a little better taken care of. There are a number of hiking trails. I would recommend taking a bicycle along to use to get around the park, though we did walk it. There is a swimming area, but watch for alligators as we saw a number of them swimming in the area. If you are a history buff or into architecture, this is the park from you. The original buildings that made up the town before this became a park, are simply amazing. Major word of caution, take something along to keep the ticks off. We constantly picking them off of ourselves. They were even falling our of the trees onto us as we sat in our camp site. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $18.00
Most sites are large and shaded with trees and shrubs between the sites. The Magnolia Loop is the nicer of the two. The bathhouse is newer - roomy, clean showers, well maintained. Magnolia is also closer to the river and activities. Many sites in the Dogwood loop are not level. We were disappointed that it was not easy to launch our own canoe - a long way to carry a canoe from parking lot, then down steps. But they do have canoes for rent. The suspension bridge was closed for repair, but the River Sink trail is still a nice walk. Very interesting how the river goes underground for miles. I would rate the campground higher but it is typical FL State parks, hard packed sand roads and campsites. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $18.00
I marked that this CG is not big rig friendly because of the narrow winding road access and the sites perpendicular to the road. We had booked site 28 because it was rated for a 42 foot RV. There is no way we could have gotten our 42 foot 5th wheel into that site. We did get into site 30 which is rated for a 30 foot RV, with a struggle. I won't say don't go because there are some pluses. I will say be prepared to be challenged if you have a big rig. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $20.00
We stayed in site #31 which was on the end of the camping loop. Site had picnic table, ground ring/grill, w/e hookups, and was sandy and very shady. Plenty of room to spread out. Magnolia loop has newer bathhouse and dog walk area with a playground in center of loop. Only 3 TV stations available. Campground was quiet even with park having a large family reunion going on. Park offers a Nature center, CCC museum, several trails to hike, suspension bridge, swimming area on Santa Fe River, and picnic facilities. Also has a large group camp with cabins that includes a dining hall, meeting building and open air pavilion. Rangers were very nice and patrol camping areas often. We also went to tube down the Ichetucknee River which was a great trip. $5 pp to tube and you can bring your own or rent from outside the park from vendors. That park was also clean and had a reasonable concessionaire stand for food. Changing rooms, restrooms and picnic facilities with a tram to take you back to the main area provided. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $10.00
We were last here six years ago. The drought has closed the swimming area. But the campground is old Florida at its finest. Large, wooded sites with excellent clean restrooms. We saw deer, gopher tortoise, rabbits and lots of birds. The only complaint is the ticks which is part of being out in nature. Maybe there are too many deer? I imagine in the cooler weather they would not be a problem. Because my husband had an doctor visit due to a tick bite, I would come back in the winter instead. Fee represents the senior pass. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $10.00
This is one of the first parks built by the CCC in the thirties. Wish I could give it a better score, but for the camp ground loops five is the best I can do. The sites are large but the roads in the loops are narrow with limbs that will drag the top and sides of your RV. Some of the sites are for up to 42 feet, but no way would I want to take a nice rig that large in either loop. The Magnolia loop I would put at about thirty feet with out a lot of trouble getting in your site and the road to it. The Dogwood loop I would say around twenty five feet at the most and then you will drag vegetation going in plus the road has some pretty washed out places from all the rain just a few days before we got there.This loop better suited for pop ups and tents. As for the park there is lots of wild life and some good hiking trails.The Santa Fa river is all but dried up and the ticks are bad. The staff is nice and there is some interesting things to see here, but if you have a large RV I would say stay some where else and make it a day trip here. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $20.00
What a great state park, although rustic the utilities function correctly with level spacious sites. The restrooms are clean. O'Leno offers some great hiking trails and provides a nice opportunity to visit with nature. Word of caution, if you are staying here in fall be aware of the hickory trees - our tow vehicle has some new dents because of squirrels harvesting the nuts. Hope to be able to return and stay longer at O'Leno next time. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $18.00
If you are interested in visiting the fresh water springs, then this is a great and inexpensive campground for you. The restrooms are only a few years old and are well maintained by the campground host. The campsites are large and back up to wooded areas where deer come grazing at dust. High Springs is a quaint town and with antique shopping and a great restaurant (Great Outdoors Trading Company). Just be on the watch for ticks, which were no problem for us. We camped in site 27 with a very large oak tree in the rear of the site. Magnolia loop is the best loop for larger campers. Could be a bit tight trying to navigate this loop in the dark. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $18.00
We stayed in #18 in the Magnolia loop. Roads in the campground are unpaved and a little bumpy. Unfortunately the swimming area was closed. Not sure why, but the river was very low and I don't think you could have put in a canoe here even though they rented them. Be warned about the ticks. They were very bad during our stay and they do have lots of warning signs posted. On the plus side: the sites were very large and nicely shaded. The restrooms were extremely clean and looked new. The park was not very crowded and very quiet. We did do some bike riding but many of the trails appeared to be for hiking only. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $20.00
I have been to many State Parks in Florida and by far this is the nicest and beautiful State Park. Yes it is rustic and the roads are not paved and narrow. It's what camping is all about. The nature trails are so nice and wide and view is breath taking. The sites are shaded and the rolling hills, make this place #1 on my list of best campgrounds. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $20.00
Great staff and very clean and up-dated restrooms and showers. We camp in a class b van so showers and restrooms are very important to us. This state park is very clean and some great nature trails and neat sink holes to visit. We will stop on way back. We camped at O'Leno State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
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