Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail


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Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Columbia
Length: 12 miles
Trail end points: Ichetucknee Springs State Park and O'Leno State Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6369901
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail Description

This 12-mile paved path joins two outstanding north central Florida state parks, Ichetucknee Springs and O'Leno. The greenway goes through the town of Fort White and includes a little rolling terrain. Between Fort White and Ichetucknee Springs, the path is flat and shaded in the afternoon by adjacent trees. Services are available in Fort White.

Camping is available at O'Leno State Park; swimming, tubing and snorkeling are available at Ichetucknee Springs. Both parks feature fine hiking trails, especially nice in the autumn, winter and spring when the weather is cooler. There is an entrance fee for both parks.

For more information:

O'Leno State Park
Rt. 2, Box 1010
High Springs, 32643

Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. 27
Fort White, Florida 32038

Parking and Trail Access

To reach O'Leno State Park from High Springs, take US 441/41 north and follow the signs to the park entrance. From Gainesville, take I-75 North to Exit 78 (new Exit 399) to US 441 and head west through High Springs where it merges with US 41. Follow US 441/41 north to the park entrance.

From the north, O'Leno is about 20 miles south of Lake City, Florida, just off US 441/41. Look for the trail on the west side of SE Sprite Loop Road right at the beginning of O'Leno State Park's entrance road.

To reach Ichetucknee State Park from High Springs, take US 27/SR 20 west about 15 miles. Look for signs to the park entrance.

Ichetucknee to O'Leno Trail Reviews

We did enjoy the trail. We would not recommend it for road bikes. We could see that it might be a hot ride during the hot and humid summer months, but it was fine when we rode it (January). We didn't notice any real bad places in the pavement, but maybe a few "rough" spots. We would recommend riding into the Ichetucknee Park and riding to the river. There are also restrooms and a small store there.

I am an avid paddler and biker. Recently traveled to this area to do some paddling and was delighted to discover that this trail links Oleno State park and the end of the Ichnetucknee paddling trail. Since I often do solo trips I am always searching for trips that provide the potential for both biking and paddling without the necessity of a shuttle. The paddle was beautiful and though I did not bike the trail I paralleled it on my drive back to Oleno park and it appeared to be a very ridable bike route which led from the take out back to my camp site.

This is a very nice rolling trail through some beautiful country. Needs a bit of attention because there are several places sand has washed across the trail. On a Road Bike it's dangerous. Nice trail though. We run over and do it in the evening often.


A good part of this trail is not only in the boiling sun, but the surface has quite a few big roots and sizable holes. A few of the holes are so deep you could do some significant damage to a wheel. This trail needs some TLC. However it is worth riding because the first portion in Branford is actually shady and beautiful. shady and nice.

Cycled from Ichetucknee Springs to a couple miles past Fort White FL on 3 April 2016. The trail had some debree; probably from the reccent storms.

I don't like the way the trail routes in Fort White. There are a couple of street crossings that I think are more dangerous than if the trail would have just stayed parallel to the main road thru town.

I want to ride the rest of the trail to O'Leno but will probably not do the Ichetucknee end again.

I ran the trail from O'leno State Park to Ichetucknee State Park. The trail was well kept and clean. It has scenic areas, but there are no rest areas. Make sure to use the restrooms at the parks and bring plenty of water (like a Camel Pak) if you are planning on walking or running the trail. Expect many little hills and non-shady areas.

Not a bad ride if you don't mind paralleling either county road 18 or Hwys. 441 & 27 the whole way. Relatively well maintained. You go past several barking dogs. This one goes to my "not likely to do it again" list.

Lovely rural scenery from state park to park, but no benches or water or restrooms along route, other than a convenience store in town half way.

Just rode from Ft. White to Oleno State Park this afternoon. The trail is in good condition, only 3 spots where there was glass on the trail. No pot holes at all and only one bad root growing under the trail. It has several rolling hills and is nice ride. Enjoyed the scenery on this part of the trail much more than the trip from Ft. White to Branford. The trail in Columbia county is much nicer than the Suwannee county side.

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