Ravine Gardens State Park

1600 Twigg St.

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.


karen Barber

Friday, July 27, 2018
We are having a memorial for my son who would be turning 24 YO at Ravine Gardens. We have been there yrs ago walking the beautiful grounds and the 1.5-2 mile trails that are in hill and valleys of natural Forrest . They have a few meeting halls. We picked the bright one with windows along side a wall over looking a large deck with picnic tables out side. They have a huge pavilion out side to rent or if no event you can use with a paid admission. It is so lovely and a unique place for my beloved son's memorial. A day spent in nature and a intimate gathering talking and sharing stories about this son of mine who touched so many lives. It is the perfect place for pictures, family or even alone in peace & quiet amongst the beauty of His creation!

Sadé Anderson

Saturday, June 16, 2018
I like to go here to run or power walk. Make sure to always have water on you if you come to observe or to exercise whether on bike or on foot it is very humid in the summer. Also don't forget a small snack like a granola bar; if you do forget there is a vending machine inside the building along with restrooms and a water fountain to rehydrate.

Sherry Early

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
My husband and I traveled down to Palatka to Ravine Gardens State Park and were amazed to see such a beautiful park! You actually walk down into a ravine and it's like being in the mountains. If you want to get some exercise, put on your walking shoes and enjoy the nature. We happen to go when the Azaleas were in full bloom around the third or fourth week of March. Beautiful park!

Paul Giampa

Thursday, May 3, 2018
This place is absolutely amazing. The scenery and the walking trails are just beautiful. They are a bit of a challenge lot of uphill and downhill and climbing Stone steps. The smell from the Azalea's is unbelievable. The water flowing through is crystal clear with springs bubbling up through it. If you're looking to experience nature in Beauty along with a very good workout I highly advise this Trail.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
I really wanted to give this 3 Stars because of the map./trail markings. Sorry Ravine Gardens but I find the map I had to be much to small and not well labeled and the trails themselves not well marked. Perhaps there is a more detailed map available, but the trail markings were a little unclear at a few intersections. Improving on this would be helpful. Loved the “seek and find” page. The park itself gets 5 stars - love the bridges, the Springs, the trails, the water, the Ravine, the amphitheater. The whole thing is fun, unique and truly the Real Florida.

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Ravine Gardens State Park News : May 4, 2018

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