The best camping near O'Leno State Park

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Glenn Farm

6 sites · RVs, Tents125 acres · Fort White, FL
The farm you’re camping on is one of the last family farms remaining in Columbia County and is named Glenn Farm after DV Glenn who married Hettie Lou Niblack in the 1930’s. Over the last 150 years it has been farmed by some of the county’s oldest families such as the Niblack and Ellis families. When DV Glenn came to Florida from his farm in Cairo, GA he took over the portion of the Niblack farm that was inherited by his wife Hettie Lou. At that time he was running native Florida cattle on over 6000 acres. Unfortunately, In 1951 he was killed in a hunting accident leaving his wife with the farm and 4 children (ages 4-11). In order to survive, Hettie Lou Niblack Glenn was forced to sell 5000 acres at $25 an acre. Holding a bachelors degree from Florida State College for Women, she was able to secure a job at the University of Florida as a secretary and with the money from the land sale she was able to raise her four children. Of the original farm, 600 acres remain intact and the Glenn family is trying to keep the farm as an agricultural operation. Your campsite is 1 of three spots (Arrowhead Sink, Dunagan’s Meadow or Magnolia Sink). Dunagan’s meadow is a pasture behind the old farmhouse (built in 1844), Magnolia sink is also on the main farm while Arrowhead Sink is on the edge of a hayfield about a mile down a dirt road. Glenn Farm is a place to come relax and experience a world that is rapidly disappearing. It is not a commercial campground.
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Spacious Oak Hammock

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · High Springs, FL
Only a 5 Minute drive to High Springs Historic District and 20 Minutes to Gainesville. Enjoy peacefulness with a 30 amp electric/water site on this dead end road that abuts O’Leno State Park. It is common to see wildlife on this and the surrounding properties. Located only 3 miles from O'Leno State Park, this area is known for it's numerous beautiful springs along the Santa Fe, Ichetucknee and Suwannee Rivers. Kayaking, snorkeling and cave diving are popular activities here. So pitch your tent or park your RV in our oak hammock. You will have access to your own fire pit and picnic table. We also offer access to our hot outdoor showers. Learn more about this land: Located 3 miles from O'Leno State Park, this area is known for it's numerous beautiful springs along the Santa Fe, Ichetucknee and Suwannee Rivers. Kayaking, snorkeling and cave diving are popular activities here. So pitch your tent or park your RV in our oak hammock. You will have access to your own fire pit and picnic table. We also offer access to our hot outdoor showers.
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Wildflower Pond

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres · Alachua, FL
Welcome to a sweet and soulful little piece of the woodlands. Tucked in on 4.5 acres, this spot is a secluded, enchanting piece of old Florida. Pitch a tent in one of our four designated camping sites, tie a hammock, gaze at the koi and other fish, or relax on the embankment. Check out what's growing in the seasonal garden and if you’d like to to visit our horses, KuneKune pigs, dairy goats, birds and local mascot, Nacho the Donkey, please book a private tour with us. Florida's gem-colored, healing spring waters are just a 20 minutes up the way and local retreat centers and yoga studios dot the area. Gator fans? Head into Gainesville for a game and to visit the University of Florida. Mostly, enjoy. We look forward to hosting you! To note for all guests: We suggest arriving before dark so as to make set up easy and comfortable. We do not require a formal check-in and encourage being self-reliable in set up of primitive campsites. (For something with more structure and a space already set up, check out our Aframe cabin.) We do have water, a composting toilet, sink, and groundtemp shower for your use and ease.
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Tranquility Woods

5 sites · Tents4 acres · Fort White, FL
Discover serenity on this enchanting 4-acre property tucked away at the end of a tranquil road, offering a peaceful and rejuvenating escape. Embrace the beauty of nature as you observe the graceful deer that freely roam the grounds. Surrounding this haven are stunning springs for refreshing swims, and an array of hiking and biking trails beckon adventure enthusiasts. For those seeking a night under the stars, we provide four tent sites, each situated on mostly flat ground, perfect for camper vans to park and set up camp. To enhance your comfort, amenities include a convenient porta potty and a refreshing shower, ensuring that your stay is both delightful and revitalizing. Welcome to your haven of tranquility, where nature's beauty awaits at every turn.
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Secluded Wooded Campsite 🏕️

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · High Springs, FL
Secluded little campsite tucked back on 10 owned acres behind all housing. Has a driveway/path all the way to the campsite. Campsite is about approximately 50x50 and includes use of outdoor composting toilet, picnic table, and fire pit. Hosts are on site 24/7 for ease of making your stay comfortable and will ensure all your needs are met. This is PRIMITIVE camping site and would not be suitable for RV’s. Van camping is allowed and can hold up to three vans or cars. Water for handwashing will be made available. Small walking trails available behind the campsite.
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4A River Camp

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Fort White, FL
This area was inhabited by indians many years ago and the remnants of their civilization are scattered about in the rivers and land. The Ichetucknee River was named by a tribe of Creek Indians who came down from north Georgia and Alabama, and means "place of the beavers". This area is rich in history and beautiful nature.With over 1/3 acre of dedicated riverfront property on the Santa Fe River, you’ll have all the peace and quiet you can handle in this single spot campsite. The campsite was purpose-built for friends and family who come to visit this slice of paradise we call home. Ideally located in the heart of spring country in North Central Florida, we have over 18 major springs within a 50-mile radius of this location, which allows for all the outdoor exploration and watersports you desire. With tubing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, boating, and fishing available within feet of the campsite, you can stay nearby or venture out to some of the best springs in the world. Boaters – Private boat ramp is 200 yards up the road on the Santa Fe, public boat ramps within 10 miles on the Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers. Tubers – Tube the private section of the crystal-clear Ichetucknee river accessible only by the homeowners via our 3 waterfront parks. Both get-out parks are within walking distance to the campsite for your convenience. Paddlers – Paddle the Santa Fe or Ichetucknee rivers from within the neighborhood, or if the time of year is right, venture up to the Ichetucknee State Park to paddle the head waters and north entrance. This is limited in season and numbers to keep the impact on the river to a minimum. Swimmers – Swim the Santa Fe or Ichetucknee rivers from within the neighborhood via our 9 waterfront parks (6 Santa Fe, 3 Ichetucknee) or venture to either entrance of the Ichetucknee River State Park just a few miles away. Nature lovers – Explore the unspoiled conservation areas within the neighborhood that can be hiked and explored. Setup a hammock and sit by the river and watch all your worries wash away, you may get to see the occasional manatee. Whatever your passion, this campsite accommodates it with electric (50/30/15), water, picnic table, concrete firepit, clothesline and plenty of room to spread out. The neighborhood is golf-cart and UTV friendly and has lots of dirt roads to explore.  The deer can be found quite easily every morning and evening while riding around and rarely run away from the vehicles. Area Springs and Recreation attractions include the following springs and state parks. Google search Florida Springs for more information on each.
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Ichetucknee Springs RV Oasis

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Fort White, FL
Welcome to the "Ichetucknee Springs RV Oasis" - your private nature retreat on Walnut Street. Our unique 1-acre lot is designed to host a single RV, offering an exclusive and tranquil outdoor experience. The property boasts a lush, manicured lawn, dotted with mature shade trees. Your RV spot is level and well-maintained, complete with full hookups, including water, electricity, and sewer servicesStay connected to the world because we are offering our inclusive Wi-Fi service covering the entire area very soon! Included in your stay is access to a BBQ grill, perfect for cooking up a delightful outdoor meal under the vast sky. Just a short stroll away lies the world-renowned Ichetucknee River Springs, opening up a world of exciting water activities for your pleasure. "Ichetucknee Springs RV Oasis" is more than an RV spot - it's a personal haven, a private connection with nature's best. Your oasis is ready and waiting. Welcome home! **Daily** **Weekly** **Weekend** Snowbird rates available!
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Free to Be Acres

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Fort White, FL
Welcome to Free to Be Acres. An entire private acre, nestled in the beautiful N Central Florida forest. In spring country you are free to unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Be greeted by a family of deer while enjoying your morning coffee or tea, listen to the barred owls talking to one another in the evenings. You will have easy access to both the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe rivers just a short 5 minute drive from your campsite. Encounter manatees, spotted gar and a multitude of different species of turtles as you float down the crystal clear Ichetucknee river. Spend the day boating or fishing on the Santa Fe or world famous Suwannee River. Just 15 minutes from well known Ginnie Springs, Gilchrist Blue Springs, Rum Island Spring, Ichetucknee Spring State Park, Peacock, Little River, Royal and more. We offer 30/50amp electric and water on site as well as a port o let that has weekly scheduled cleanings. Dumping of black and gray tanks can be done on your way out of town (within a 1/4 mile) for a nominal fee of $15.
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Camp Gilchrist

1 site · Tent10 acres · Spring Ridge, FL
Camp Gilchrist is located in heart of Springs Country in North Florida. Ginnie Springs and several other local springs are just minutes away. Come visit and explore nature with us! Pitch your tent and relax. You can enjoy beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and star gazing in an open field. Enjoy wildflowers throughout the Florida blooming seasons. Find blackberries, mushrooms, and other edible foraged goods. For optimum peace and privacy, there is currently 1 campsite on our 10 acres. There are several recreational activities in the area including hiking, swimming in natural springs, fishing, kayaking, wildlife watching, and more!
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Bowman's Landing

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents13 acres · Fort White, FL
We are a 12.5 acre campground on the Sante Fe River. We have cabins as well as primitive car campsites directly on the river as well. See the following distances: Ginnie Springs - 6 miles Blue Springs - 9 miles Ichetucknee Springs - 4 miles Gainesville - 38 miles Rum 138 - 8 miles Lake City - 27 miles White Springs - 38 miles Branford - 13 miles High Springs - 12 miles Dollar General - 3 miles Publix - 15 miles Bobs River Place - 20 miles
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The Bird Ranch

4 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · O'brien, FL
The Bird Ranch is 4 acres of peaceful nature. We have 3 pioneer sites (2 with fire pits), one RV hook-up (power and water), and a cabin to choose from. We never really know what wildlife is wondering around or when they might pop up. Rest assure though; there are always birds singing, crickets chirping, frogs croaking, owls hooting, and we can even hear the neighboring pigs, chickens, cows, goats and dogs carry on. I will take all that over city noise any day of the week! The property has trails, an open field for games, and plenty of day outings to do. There are 2 natural springs (Royal and Little River) off the Suwannee River that are within a 10-minute drive. Branford Springs and Troy Springs are within 20 minutes. You can float down the Ichetucknee River on an innertube, catch a local rodeo just down Hwy 129 or take a 3 hour round trip bike ride. Cedar Key is a quiet little town with cute shops and restaurants. They roll up the streets after sunset; but what a beautiful sunset! There are also a few horseback riding ranches within 20 minutes from the property and if you're really adventurous and want to ride a camel; Lonesome Chicken Camel Ranch is less than an hour away.
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Quartermoon Acres Cottage

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · High Springs, FL
Borders Oleno State Park. Close proximity to several rivers and springs, hiking trails. Abundant deer, owls and turkeys. Several great places to rent kayaks and/or canoes. Nearby antique stores and crystal shop. Thirty minutes from the University of Florida's Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest. Private cottage approximately 450 square feet with kitchenette, queen size bed and full bathroom. Fire pit available off of front porch. Mini split system for heat and air. We are pet friendly, but the renter has responsibilities for their pet. Fenced area for pet. Pet must be in the fenced area or on a leash at all times. This is a VERY quiet are, so we can not have any excessive barking. Pet may not be left alone in the cottage without being crated. This is a non-smoking cottage. Any evidence of smoking will result in a damage fee of $200.
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The best camping near O'Leno State Park guide

Overview

About

Hammock camping? Is that even a question, cause if it is it’s definitely a yes! Just one of many fun and exciting features of this Sante Fe River-neighboring park just 30 miles north of Gainesville. The Sante Fe “disappearing” River, being another one of the park’s unique attractions. Connecting with River Rise Preserve State Park on the south, the two parks offer over 6,000 acres of sandhills, hardwood hammock, sinkholes and river swamps to frolic and explore! Bike, hike or horseback ride the 13 miles of trail that weave and wander throughout the park or swim, fish, canoe or kayak the scenic waters of the Sante Fe while keeping your eyes peeled for deer, squirrel, alligator, raccoon, turkey, gopher tortoise and other reptiles. There’s no limit to the adventures that are in store at this wild wonder!

When to go

The ideal time to visit O'Leno State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural flora is in full bloom. Summer months can be quite warm, making early morning or late afternoon the best times for outdoor activities. Winter, while cooler, offers a peaceful park experience.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the season, as Florida's weather can be unpredictable.
  • Be aware of park rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
  • Accessibility options are available; inquire ahead for specific needs.
  • Remember to pack essentials like water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Visit the park's website or contact the Statewide Information Line at (850) 245-2157 for the latest updates on closures and events.

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