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Osceola National Forest

Parks and Outdoors

Ahhh, the great outdoors. It’s what Lake City, Florida’s Springlands is all about. Whether it’s a romp in a crystalline spring, a float down a spring-fed river, fishing in a lake, walking a trail or simply relaxing under the sun just about anywhere, you can do all of it and more in Lake City, Florida’s Springlands.

The generous array of parks in Florida’s Springlands offers a wide range of experiences, from a place that commemorates Florida’s largest Civil War battle, to a vast national forest, to several parks that are set amid freshwater springs and rivers. Basically, there’s a park for just about everyone.

  • O’Leno State Park

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    One of Florida's first state parks, O'Leno is located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River. The park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps and sandhills.

    Camping Rock Fireplaces

  • O’Leno State Park Interpretive Exhibits

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    Just eight miles north of High Springs, O’Leno State Park is conveniently located off of U.S. Route 441 at 410 SE O'Leno Park Road. Stop by the Nature Center, which is home to the park’s resident gopher tortoises and other wildlife native to the area.

  • Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

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    If you’re familiar with Florida’s history, then you’ve heard about the famous Battle of Olustee, where Union and Confederate soldiers fought in 1864. Commemorating the site of Florida’s largest Civil War Battle, Olustee Battlefield is also the state’s first historic site.

  • Olustee Depot

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    Visit a train station turned into a museum at Olustee Depot near Lake City. The building has stayed in pristine condition and is nestled in the woods under Spanish moss trees in the Osceola National Forest.