Experience R.O. Ranch

As the new year is upon us we are looking for events to fill up the calendar. We welcome groups to host events of their choosing. Let us know if you are interested in booking an event with us. We book a year in advance, Call us at 386-294-1475

Visitors Center Hours

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 11.00 a.m- 5:00 p.m 


 

Please Always STOP and check in at the Visitors Center  prior to proceeding to campground or trail-head. 

Bring current Coggins for each horse brought into the park.

 

R.O Ranch Trails: 8:00 am - Dusk  (Please give yourself plenty of daylight to return to trail-head when out riding the trails).

 

Campground Check-In

 

If you plan to check in after office hours, please make arrangements with a staff member.

 

Day-Use Riders

 

If a staff member or volunteer is unavailable to receive your day-use fees please place a check or cash in the secure drop box which is located next to the kiosk at the Owl Creek Trail-head along with the required forms (in the kiosk).This is located just past the Visitor's Center office on the right hand side of the road. 

Rules
  • Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times when outside of your RV
  • Children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while riding horses at all times
  • No ATVs on trails 
  • Quiet time at the campground is from 11:00p.m - 7:00a.m 
  • No dogs on the trails at ANY time

A Dream to Share

The R.O. Ranch is a 2,500-acre equestrian park being developed in north-central Florida by R.O. Ranch, Inc. and the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD). The park is a long-time dream of Frank "Red" and Olive Schulte. The Schultes dreamed of building a park where people would always be welcome to experience Florida's natural environment and heritage with their beloved animal. They dreamed of room for horse enthusiasts of all disciplines. The dream is now becoming a reality.


The R.O. Ranch, Inc., a Florida nonprofit corporation, depends largely on public contribution through use of the facilities, participation in Ranch Events and Sponsorship's to fund the ranch's operations. Thanks to their generosity and foresight, many generations will have a public place to ride horses and mules, and experience Florida's rich natural environment.


The property is located at the northern end of approximately 20,000 acres of public lands managed by the District that run along the Steinhatchee River for a distance of about 15 miles. Two major creeks – Crossway Branch and Owl Creek – run through the property and feed into the Steinhatchee River. The Steinhatchee River will be protected, equestrians will have a new place to ride, and local ecotourism opportunities will increase.


The District and R.O. Ranch, Inc. have finalized phase one of a three-phase project. Phase one included a visitor's center, 32-unit RV campground, and bathhouse. A challenging 20-mile Steinhatchee River trail is also being developed. Long-range plans include additional camping facilities, cabins, covered arena, outdoor arena, stables, and a cross-country course.

 

The theme of the park is set in the Florida "cracker" style of the 1920s. All of the buildings and facilities are reminiscent of that era with white board siding and tin roofs. The inspiring scenery at the park is like a step back in time. Visitors will experience the sights, smells, and sounds of the original Florida. The sight of cracker cows grazing in the flatwoods, the smell of flowering magnolias, the sounds of rustling cabbage palms, a horseback ride down one of the many trails offers the visitor time to reflect on the past and present-day lives.

 

Every aspect of the park will cater to horses and their owners. While other recreationalists are welcome, the facilities will be designed with the horse, the owner, and the environment in mind. The park is ideally located adjacent to 20,000 acres of public land that's open to horses.