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“Best time to go is spring”

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 / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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25 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Best time to go is spring”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

We went to the park at the end of March and most of the Azalea were gone. We missed the peak time. So if you want to see the blossom of Azalea, you need to go before early March. They have two main trails. One is called Azalea trail which is kinda hilly with steps up and down. During the Azalea blossom time, I am sure this will be very pretty. Another trail is called Spring trail and this give you a better view of the ravine itself and it is kinda unique.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank chachaSH
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English first
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great fun”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

Pack a lunch. Do the trails play on the playground and then go find a place to picnic. Many places with picnic tables and parking area around the driving path. Had a blast spent a good 3 hours at this location. Lots if green but not much other color. A bit too early in the year.

1 Thank T E
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Milledgeville, Georgia
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place for a picnic”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

Very nice facilities for short, picturesque hikes and picnics. The maps could be more detailed, but it was nice to wander around. Make sure to see the suspension bridge.

Visited March 2014
Thank Volski
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Central Florida
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71 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Azalea Days, any day great to visit Ravine Gardens”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

Park Manager Mark Giblin, (with help of staff and volunteers) are succeeding in making Ravine Gardens a fun place to visit. I LOVE this State Park. You can hike (it has hills), picnic, exercise, or drive around the perimeter. They have a gazebo, a large picnic area with grills, suspension bridges, fountains, etc. They have parking outside the park, and you can walk in. Or you can drive in and park. On most days, you can drive in, and drive around. Yesterday was the exception. They had Azalea days. They had chairs on the lawn for you to wait, then you could tour the park in a wagon (covered or uncovered). I loved it because, it was easier to see, not having to drive!, This is one place in Florida to see a little elevation!. This is a natural ravine not a sink hole. I remember the last time I was here, the lady manning the gate was so friendly and helpful. And if this post is fresh...this is March 3, 2014. There is plenty of time to see the azaleas in the next two weeks. They have awesome displays inside. Sometimes there are craft fairs, etc and sometimes there is a garden shed open. If you have just a few minutes or several hours, you WILL have a great visit. My only regret is that I don't live closer. I stopped by on my way back from camping in Jacksonville. The park is its name Ravine Gardens. It is a treasure.

Visited March 2014
4 Thank Dr T
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Lake Worth
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43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

The tour is great, it doesn't take very long but gives you a lot of information. There are nice walking trails and suspension bridges. Its a unique place with great fauna.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank AlisonBlack65
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