"Sinkholes Aplenty" O'Leno State Park by goingsolo

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The way it once was

O'Leno State Park is a throwback to earlier times. Back in "the day", the area was a town along a crossing route for travelers and traders. It was also named Keno, which was a form of gambling. Some religious folk objected to the town being named after gambling and the name was changed to Leno. Presumably, this was due to the fact that the letter "L" proceeds "K" in the alphabet. I read this in a guidebook so it must be 100% true.

Today, O'Leno is a pretty park in High Springs, about 40 minutes from Gainesville. A series of hiking trails meanders past sinkholes and through forested areas. Since most people do not visit this area, and the few who do detour to Gainesville to watch the Florida Gators play football, the park is largely uncrowded. At least, that was the case on the eve of Christmas Eve when I visited.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Serene, quiet and practically empty
  • Cons:An out of the way place that would be murder in the summer.
  • In a nutshell:A great place to experience "Old Florida"
  • Last visit to O'Leno State Park: Dec 2008
  • Intro Written Dec 28, 2008
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