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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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  • We enjoyed a peaceful walk through the gardens. The trails are steep in places but well managed. There is a lovely stream running at the bottom. 
    We enjoyed a peaceful walk through the gardens. The trails are steep in places but well managed. There is a lovely stream running at the bottom.  more »
  • Visited in April after the azalea season. Gardens are interesting in their setting and history but sadly are poorly maintained; many tree roots creating trip hazards, missing or broken handrails... 
    Visited in April after the azalea season. Gardens are interesting in their setting and history but sadly are poorly maintained; many tree roots creating trip hazards, missing or broken handrails...  more »
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  • Great place! Apparently the map is downloadable on the site now! Much better and it looks to scale. With so many twists and turns and connecting paths it's easy to get a little lost, but really easy to find your way out. Great park!
  • This place is wonderful. I love the topography. The bamboo forest is awesome and when you are in the bottom of the sink hole, it feels like another part of the world. It is truly a beautiful place.

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