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Ravine Gardens State Park

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Address: 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177
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+1 386-329-3721
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 06:00
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The park has two ravines up to 120 feet deep with steep banks at 45 degree...

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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a unique place

Sadly we missed the azalea bloom by 10-14 days. Still an enjoyable place. So much so that I plan to come back but ONLY after I absolutely know the azaleas are in bloom. My wife... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sadly we missed the azalea bloom by 10-14 days. Still an enjoyable place. So much so that I plan to come back but ONLY after I absolutely know the azaleas are in bloom. My wife and I live in Tampa so a jaunt up here as a spur of the moment thing is a strong possibility.The hiking though not strenuous... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ravine gardens is totally worth going to! There is a playground for the kiddos and there is a workout area. It is so beautiful with all of the azalea's blooming. My dream is to be on a track and field team, so I enjoy jogging through the trails and on the road, but you have to be careful and look... More 

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Hawley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ravine Gardens is a great place to walk or drive to observe nature at it's finest. The azaleas weren't as lush this year because of the drought but still beautiful, and if you walk along the river you might just see a gator!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful and relaxing. Small hometown festival. Road the tram, Hiked trails, climbed trees, and a picnic. Perfect day trip.

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About 45 minutes from St. Augustine and worth the drive if you need a break from the rude shop and restaurant employees who hate tourists and show it. There are 3 miles or so of trails through the woods and several picnic tables if you want to make a day of it. At an admission price of only $5, it... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even without most of the azaleas still holding onto their blooms after an unseasonably warm winter, we enjoyed our tour through the Ravine Gardens State Park. We followed the advice of the entry ranger, first driving the loop of the park, then leaving our car to hike the Azalea Trail. The path has a lot of stairs, some of which... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was expecting colorful gardens, but didn't see any flowers in bloom. I also was expecting a more formal gardens, but things seemed overgrown. I did hike some of the trails, but wound up also walking along an asphalt road paralleling the forest inadvertently.

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newyork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best time e to go is Feb and March during Azalea blooms but interesting any time of year. 2 mi loop doable by car or on foot. Exercise circuit and play area for kids on the trail but definitely need to be supervised. Ravine is very step and deep. Need to be able to do stairs if taking trail to... More 

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Fleming Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our hike on the azalea trail. Map and trail were a bit confusing but nevertheless it was a wonderful walk. It was more of a rugged trail. There is a entrance fee per car. There was no one in the booth when we arrived so you need to put your money in an envelope so I would have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at 9:30 am for the festival. Easy to find the park using GPS. Easy parking. Trail head is not well marked but there were a few park rangers around and they got us oriented with the map that is available in the visitor center. Azalea trail is a rugged trail. Narrow and sandy in spots with lots of... More 

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