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Ravine Gardens State Park

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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. Park Activities: Bicycling, Gardens, Geo-Seeking, Hiking, Interpretive Exhibits, Meetings and Retreats, Picnicking, Playground, Tours, Weddings, Wildlife Viewing Entrance fees are $5.00 per vehicle for 2 - 8 people, $4.00 for single occupant vehicles, and $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours, Full day
  • Disabled Traveler Information:
  • ADA Compliant, ADA Information, ADA Picnic Tables

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Photo Contest

Now - February 29, 2016
The Friends of Ravine Gardens are hosting a Photo Contest during the month of February! Bring your camera and explore the park to get the perfect shot. The top 3 photographs will receive prizes and all photographs will be displayed at our Azalea Days event on March 5th and 6th, 2016. Photographs must be taken within Ravine Gardens State Park. A printed 8x10 photo must be submitted to the park and a digital copy (.jpg, .tif or .png format) must be emailed to RavineGardensStatePark@gmail.com by 4 p.m. on February 29th to qualify. Contestants must also complete a Photo Release Form upon entry. The entry fee for the contest is $5. Proceeds to ben ...Read More>> fit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc. For more information please contact the park at (386) 329-3721 or email RavineGardensStatePark@gmail.com. Read Less
http://www.FloridaStateParks.org/RavineGardens

ravinegardensstatepark@gmail.com

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Saturday Wagon Tours

Now - March 26, 2016
Enjoy a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom! Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit. Saturday Wagon Tours are scheduled on February 13, 20, and 27, 2016 and on March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2016. Tours will not take place on Saturday, February 6 due to our Air Potato Rodeo event. Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each ...Read More>> tour is limited to 20 participants. The program is free with park entry and for annual park pass holders. Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted. For more information, contact the park at (386) 329-3721. Read Less
http://www.FloridaStateParks.org/RavineGardens
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Celebrating Arts and History

February 13, 2016
Join Emagine Arts and the Friends of Ravine Gardens as they celebrate Black History Month! Celebrating Arts and History will feature live jazz music, artwork from local artisans, and sensational southern desserts. The event will take place inside the Civic Center. Visitors can arrive any time between 2 and 6 pm! Admission to the event is a $5 donation at the door, which includes park entry fees. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc. For more information contact Shirley Edwards with Emagine Arts and Entertainment Company at (904) 235-2292 or contact the park at (386) 329-3721.
http://www.FloridaStateParks.org/RavineGardens
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20th Annual Azalea Days

March 05, 2016 - March 06, 2016
Experience Ravine Gardens at its best with our 100,000 azaleas in bloom this time of year! Spend your day at the park as you enjoy guided wagon tours, music, vendors featuring arts, crafts, and plants, and much more! See nature's colorful display up-close by taking a ranger-narrated wagon tour around the park's 1.8 mile loop through thousands of blooming azaleas. Walk along picturesque hiking trails to enjoy a spectacular view of colorful plants, including azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and camellias. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event. The event is free with regular park entry and for annual park pass h ...Read More>> lders. For more information, contact the park office at 386-329-3721. Read Less
http://www.FloridaStateParks.org/RavineGardens

kristine.kastenbaum@dep.state.fl.us

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