Visit Florida's Putnam County, and Slow Down

By Gary McKechnie If you turned back the clock a century or two, you would have arrived in Putnam County by foot, rail, or riverboat. The odd thing is, none of those methods would seem out of place today. In fact, spend a little time in Putnam County and you’ll get the sense that time here moves…

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Florida's Oldest Diner: Angel's in Palatka

By Amy Wimmer Schwarb At Angel's Dining Car in Palatka, the regulars have nicknames and "usuals" and routines. They show up in shirts and ties before church and in uniforms before work. And they're accustomed to the curiosity-seekers who stop by, lured by the restaurant's grounded submarine…

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Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka FL

Palatka jewel is not your typical Florida geology. Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka a quirk of Florida geology unfolds like one of its touted blooms. The modest sign on Twigg Street only hints at what lies beyond – a cool green oasis in hotter months and a floral showstopper in the winter and…

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Small-Town Charms On the Palatka-Lake Butler Cycling Trail

By CycleHere Media Though still in development as a paved, multiuse recreational trail, the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail is situated in one of the most picturesque areas of the state. The trail corridor stretches nearly 47 miles from west of US 17 in Palatka to State Road 238 in Lake Butler, as…

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For a Blooming Good Time, Visit Ravine Gardens State Park

CycleHere Media Ravine Gardens State Park is a hidden gem tucked away in Palatka, just off the St Johns River. The lush park has 60 acres accessible for exploring, including two ravines up to 120 feet deep with steep banks at 45-degree angles. The ravines were formed over thousands of years…

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Angel's Diner in Palatka: The Oldest Operating Diner in Florida

By Gary McKechnie If you know Florida pretty well, when someone mentions Palatka the conversation usually shifts to Angel’s Diner. Folks in Palatka (about 30 miles southwest of St. Augustine) are used to hearing about Angel’s -- and for good reason: it’s the oldest continually operating diner in…

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William Bartram Trail: Palatka & Green Cove Springs Driving Tour

A driving tour through Palatka and Green Cove Springs Heritage Highlights One way to enjoy the best of Florida's Northeast is a leisurely drive along the William Bartram Trail, the scenic stretch of country byways found south of Jacksonville on S.R. 13/17. In 1765, the British naturalist walked…

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