It’s no secret that spring is on its way to the Sunshine State, which means that we are about to get some amazing weather for weekend hikes. There are tons of great wilderness trails winding all across the state, so it can be tricky to pick the perfect one to trek. If you’re hoping for something truly special, look no further than this stunning state park in North Florida, because its swinging bridge may seriously be one of the coolest things you see this week. 

Located just six miles north of High Springs, O’Leno State Park is a gorgeous expanse of greenery that meets the bank of the Santa Fe River.

The sight of the park’s enormous trees combined with the sound of the flowing river makes for an ideal way to unplug from hectic modern life. 

The park offers two hiking trails where you can go to vibe with the Florida wilderness. The Dogwood Trail is slightly longer than the Limestone Trail, but both can get you in touch with some local wildlife.

If you're lucky, the wildlife you'll see along the way includes tortoises, foxes, and even some cute deer. 

Arguably the crown jewel of the park is the swinging bridge, which you can cross to a path that curves along the Santa Fe River.

Grab your bae, your bestie, or your whole crew and step aboard the bridge for some adorable photo ops and gorgeous views of Florida’s outdoors.

The good news is that the bridge is located just a short walk from the parking lot. This basically means that you can enjoy that little slice of nature, even if you’re not down for a long day on your feet. 

After swinging by the forest and hitting up the insane bridge you can enjoy an outdoor meal in the shade. There's a nice picnic area that’s perfect for those of us who feel that food tastes way better out in the wild.

Just make sure to keep an eye on the sun! The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset, which means that closing times can vary a lot, depending on the time of year.

A parking pass costs only $5 per vehicle. If you gather a group of five people, you’ll only have to lay $1 each. Pedestrians can hit the park for $2 each. Either way, that’s a pretty sweet deal. 

Whether you are looking to chill out by a cool bridge or hike alongside some typical Floridian wildlife, O’Leno State Park is a hidden gem that will give you a totally unique experience. 

 

O'Leno State Park

Price: $5

Location: 410 SE. O'Leno Park Rd., High Springs, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can wander two nature trails, cross a swinging bridge and picnic in the great outdoors for a very reasonable price.

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