February 23, 2016

Exploring Florida - Ravine Gardens State Park

Not gonna lie, silence has been deafening around here. I don't pretend that my readers sit with bated breath waiting for the next Troutrageous! blog post, but I've been blogging for so long, it still bugs me when I go a little while without a semi-consistent stream of content.

Mid-January to mid-February do it to me every year - as work really kicks up around a few prominent sporting events. Add in the work I've been doing on the upcoming issue of Tenkara Angler magazine, and I've been a bad blogger.

I was fortunate to be able to get out last weekend with K.C. & Lilly for some decompression. We headed to a new spot that we hadn't visited in our area yet, Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, Florida.


Most of Florida is relatively flat when it comes to topography which makes Ravine Gardens quite the sight to see. Ravine Gardens was carved deep into the ground by the constant flow of natural springs, creating steep walls that drop over 100 feet straight down. Beautiful azalea gardens were planted around the perimeter walls and trails of the ravine in the 1930s as part of a beautification project, and in the years since, it has enjoyed additional enhancements such as the addition of suspension bridges, an amphitheater, multiple playgrounds, and a civic center.









Leisurely walking and exploring the Azalea Trail took us about an hour and half, but one could easily spend the entire day in the park. I highly suggest visiting should you ever find yourself in the Palatka area. 

10 comments:

  1. Never got up that way very much when I lived in Fla, but certainly looks like a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. It's very different, I'll say that much. Didn't have high hopes heading in, but was pleasantly surprised.

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  2. Beautiful looking area Mike, save for the alligators.

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    1. Thanks Howard. Didn't see any, but that's probably how they like it.

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  3. Michael
    Absolute beautiful area, it's hard to believe that there are still places like this left in Florida. I'm marking this post for a future visit for the wife and I. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Beautiful place! I'd love to wander around such a place with a camera in hand. That bridge looks really cool. I like it!

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    1. It was. There are actually two suspension bridges, both of the same design. Sort of felt like Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom.

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    2. Haha nice! I can hear the theme music now!

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  5. Please don't molest any alligator... Ha! That gator looks too friendly on the sign. The flowers are very pretty and the tropical flare makes great photos!

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