“dramatic garden & extensive trail system”
A ravine was created over thousands of years by water flowing from the sandy ridges on the shore of the St. Johns River. 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.
This place is off the beaten path for sure, tucked away in a neighborhood setting. Don't let that fool you, though. The drive through the park is beautiful. Make sure you check out the suspension bridge overlooking the stream. It's beautiful! This is a wonderful stop for a picnic.
Great place to visit. The kids loved the bridges. Even on a holiday weekend it was nearly empty. The ponds were beautiful. Great place to enjoy nature.
You can Drive all around the park, or walk around it, it was really interesting places!
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Ravine Gardens State Park
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