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“Don't miss this drive!”

Ravine Gardens State Park
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Palatka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 20, 2013

What a great surprise recommended to us by a relative! A beautiful drive thru (or hike) a state park on a slow and meandering blacktop road surrounded by beautiful flowers, shubs, tree and maybe an alligator if you look into the pools. It reminded us of the Road to Hana in Maui without the ocean views and waterfalls but very beautiful. Many trails and bridges are found throughout this park. It is definitely a must see if you are in that part of Florida or a day trip would also be worth it.

Thank Lynne W
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

What started out as just a sinkhole is now a botanical garden well worth the visit. There is a paved road all the way around and you can really enjoy it without leaving your car, however if you take a walk to the bottom you will pass through a dozen micro climates. The hottest most humid day up top turns into a cool walk at the bottom. Easy access for pretty much anyone that doesn't have difficulty on a sidewalk.

Thank MikeTretick
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a 146 acre state park developed in 1933-39 by the CWA and WPA. It's definitely worth a visit! A small entry fee at the gate; pets permitted in designated areas. A 1.8 mile loop drive around the upper portion of the ravine will provide an overview of the gardens. The formal garden area has wonderful rustic stone walls, walks and and terraces. In order to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful gardens - take a walk on one of the trails. Note: the paths are mostly gravel/dirt and steps can be uneven. Two long suspension bridges spanning the ravine are fun to walk across. A picnic area is available and monthly events are offered for families.

There is a Florida State Park gift shop and vending machines in the building at the far end of the parking lot. Park brochures, a birding list and informational posters are displayed. There is also a very nice display of several notable male and female baseball players, who have ties to Palatka.

My daughter and I enjoyed this park and will return again when visiting our family in Jacksonville.

1  Thank LovetoWalk51
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

It was a lovely drive and stopped and walked some. Peaceful with lots of trails you can take. Also had suspended bridges and small area with alligators.

1  Thank Karen J
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I just went last weekend; perfect timing for the blooms! Don't wait to go...go asap! The whole area is blooming with colors of pink, red, purple and some white blooms. The trail is just lovely and the weather is perfect. Don't forget to cross the bridge (s) too. Great for a family outing. While in town, be sure to stop by "Florida's Oldest Diner Car". We had cheese burgers, fries and onion rings along with sodas for just $6 bucks a piece. Very popular with limited seating, so go early for breakfast or late for lunch. Can't wait to go back and try their BLT's!

1  Thank Michelle P
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