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Ravine Gardens State Park

#1 of 16 things to do in Palatka Features Animals
1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177
+1 386-329-3721
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Ravine Gardens

Beautiful place to drive through and walk and have a picnic. Playground for children. Pets are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Melanie V
Great place to enjoy God's creation

There's not much not to like about the Ravine Gardens. There are walking trails around the rim and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amos P
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The park has two ravines up to 120 feet deep with steep banks at 45 degree angles. Unlike common gullies, trenches or sinkholes caused by temporary flooding, the steephead ravine is a permanent feature with a spring-fed creek that never dries up, called Whitewater Branch. The underground water bubbling up cuts into the bank and carries the sand and soil downstream to the St. Johns River. Over thousands of years the ravine has widened and deepened to what you see today. In 1933, this ravine was transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration. Much of the original landscaping still exists as formal gardens and an extensive trail system. A 1.8-mile paved road winds around the ravine, offering motorists and bicyclists a view of the gardens. The Ravine Loop is closed to vehicle traffic one hour before sunset, but remains open for pedestrians, bicycles, and wheelchairs. The garden's peak flowering period is azalea season, late January to April. Numerous picnic sites, equipped with tables and grills, are available to visitors. The Roy E. Campbell Civic Center complex features a large covered pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms that are available for rent. Located in Palatka at 1600 Twigg Street.
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1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177
+1 386-329-3721
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful place to drive through and walk and have a picnic. Playground for children. Pets are welcome.

Thank Melanie V
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's not much not to like about the Ravine Gardens. There are walking trails around the rim and many down in the ravine to explore. In the spring the Azaleas are outstanding as are the many trees that surround the park.

Thank Amos P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love walking this park. There are benches along the way to sit and ponder the wonder of this Ravine in the middle Florida. Great place fir your kids to play & have a picnic.

Thank Jill M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

BEST SEASON TO VISIT EARLY FEBRUARY thru APRIL! That's when the Azaleas and Rhoddies are in bloom. A 1.8 mile drive thru the park allows for handicap access on the trail as well as plenty of tables for picnicking. Obtain a walking map and find...More

Thank JohnKBachmann
Reviewed June 28, 2017

want a place that goes back in time ? This is the place ...pleasant walking areas and unique views with a helpful staff

Thank Searay31
Reviewed June 4, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by this park - FL is rather flat, so the ravines were a fantastic change. The suspension bridges were lovely over the water/bogs. We went for the azalea festival and had a lovely time exploring. Be sure and stop by the...More

Thank Katwich10
Reviewed May 23, 2017

The walk through, the Ravines, is a challlenging one, with many inclines. If you are not use to the Florida heat, best to go in the winter months. March and April are best for seeing so many flowers. Wildlife is plentiful. Birds, butterflies, raccoons, squirrels...More

Thank Pam B
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend you pack a lunch and hike these trails. The sights are filled with beautiful landscaping,flowers, butterflies and even a reflection pond/waterfall.

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed May 12, 2017

Ravine Gardens is a very nice uncrowded state park. It was very beautiful and quiet. There are alligators in there but we did not see one. Nice walking trails but if you have bad knee's there are a lot of stairs. I would go there...More

Thank Brent D
Reviewed May 10, 2017

Interesting trails with roots to maneuver over and lots to look at. We found some plants still surviving from it being landscaped at one time and there was quite a bit of bamboo. We unfortunately did not see any wildlife except lizards. We loved the...More

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October 1, 2015|
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Response from Mark G | Property representative |
There are discount options for the purchase of State Park annual passes. You can visit our office from 8am-3:30pm to get further details or you can visit any State Park.
Lesa T
April 3, 2015|
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Response from MissMouse1928 | Reviewed this property |
It's a wonderful drive through with many places where you can stop, park, and explore without having to be on foot through the entire park.
Jackie R
March 16, 2015|
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Response from Anne C | Reviewed this property |
Yes! "Pets are allowed in Ravine Gardens State Park and on the multi-use trail system. They must be kept on a six-foot, hand held leash and well behaved at all times. Pets may not be left unattended at any time. Please pick... More