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Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

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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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  • Even though the azalea were not in bloom, this is a lovely park with fun trails to hike, suspension bridges to cross and lots of beautiful flowers. The old staircases on the trails are grand, like a....  more »
  • We didn't go far on the trail when we came upon a Barred Owl in a tree--looked like it was a pretty strenuous hike so we left it at that!  more »
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  • Popular place to walk for exercise, nice and shaded. Some swinging bridges and a spring runs though it. Pretty in spring I like to walk my dog here. I also take yoga classes here on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $6 a class with park membership, $8 without membership. They have other kinds of exercise classes here as well. Weddings, birthday parties and other events are also held here. Staff is so kind.
  • Nice, quaint and with some good trails to walk. Can claim you're "hiking" in Florida because there's some elevation. There's a spot where a freshwater spring bubbles up via a few sand boils which is cool. Not really a whole lot of "gardens" per se. Interesting to see what it was like when people would gather for promenades and beauty pageants about 100 years ago.

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