Breathtaking natural beauty, especially in the spring. This is what Florida really looks like...out of the tourist traps. I originally came from Pennsylvania and traveled to Florida about once a year or so.... to go to the beaches and tourist attractions. I moved to Florida in 2001 and have found the REAL FLORIDA. This state park is the epitome of what Florida is really like and not what the tourist centers would have you believe. It is lovely in this natural habitat. You would not believe the ravines! Yes, this is Florida too. Palatka is right on the St John's River that opens into the ocean at Jacksonville. Over the bridge to the pretty beaches too!