Description - **Note: This information was provided by www.floridastateparks.org.
The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River. Surrounded by quiet woods and huge trees, anglers can spend a relaxing afternoon fishing on the river. Hiking and wildlife viewing is also a favorite pastimes for park visitors.
Equestrians can explore over 20 miles of trails and end the day camping overnight with their horses. Located near the entrance to the park, the horse camp has primitive campsites, restrooms, and a 20-stall horse barn available on a first-come-first-served basis. Equestrian fees and camping fees are paid first at O´Leno State Park before entering River Rise State park. The equestrian fee includes park admission. Proof of negative Coggins is required.
- Primitive camping with fire circle, centrally located bathhouse, and 20 stall horse barn is available. Camping fees are $4.00/person/night. For more information please contact the park office at 386-454-1853.
River Rise has one covered pavilion that is available for rental for $30.00 per day and can be reserved by calling the park office at 386-454-1853.
Recreation - River Rise has approximately 20 miles of horseback riding trails. These trails pass through a variety of plant communities and take you to the River Rise for viewing of this unique feature. Daily horseback riding fees are $6.00 per horse and must be paid at O’Leno State Park. For more information, please contact the park office at 386-454-1853.
Fishing is allowed in designated areas.
Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.
On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.
O´Leno State Park is located on U.S. 441, six miles north of High Springs. The entrance to the River Rise is two miles west of High Springs on U.S. 27.