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River Rise State Park is situated within another State Park, namely O Leno State Park. It is located six miles north of High Springs off the U. S. 441.
River Rise is set on the Sante Fe River it is where the river emerges after having made the previous 3 to 4 miles under the ground from O. Leno. It then forms into a round shaped pool brfore it flows onward to join the Suwanee River.
From the 16th to the 18th century a natural land bridge existed to form a crossing from the Sante Fe River to River Rise and you can still see evidence of the crossing today. This crossing would have been used in times past by both the Native Americans and the Spanish Explorers.
River Rise is surrounded by forestation and huge trees The Sante Fe River is the last significant tributary of the Suwanee River.
The origin of the Sante Fe River is at the Sante Fe Swamp. Here the river is very slow moving and some what dark. It is liable to flood rather dramatically usually due to heavy rainfall ore sometimes hurricanes.
There are areas where you allowed to try your hand at catching a fish and there are lots of trails. This is famed as a good area to ride horses but unfortunately at the time of writing there is no facility for hiring a steed.
Ticks are not un common here so it is recommended that you wear long trousers tucked securely into socks. Pack some tweezers just in case and if you do see a tick attached to you then remove it very slowly. The recommended insect repellants are Deep Wood Off and Cutter.
You should also take everything else you need for the day; essentials are high factor sun cream, shady sun hat, light colout t. shirt and comfortable walking shoes. Also useful are binoculars and a camera.
Plenty of water (more than you think you may need) and some snacks; trail mix is a good choice. You can buy a battery driven water misting fan in most Walmarts and these can be very welcome in high summer.
Near by parks include Big Shoals State Park, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Dudley Farm Historic State Park. PARK ADDRESS
River Rise Preserve State Park
410 SE Oleno Park Road
High Springs, Florida 32643
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Page added on: 30 December 2008
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