Ravine Gardens State Park

 

Ravine Gardens State Park

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Putnam County

Palatka, Florida

Entry Fee: $5 per vehicle

Official Website: Florida State Parks

Traffic: Moderate to Heavy

 

 

Ravine Gardens State Park was the first conservation park I visited when I moved to the area, and it remains one I keep going back to. Some of the major pluses include clean and far less buggy trails compared to most places, and the fact that it changes with every season. While best known for its colorful azalea season in February and March, you will find amazing changes in flora and fauna throughout the year.

 

There is a welcome center, plenty of paved trails for biking, a playground and much more. Visit the official website to learn more, because what we're looking at here is the trail hiking.

 

What makes this stop unique for the region is its namesake - it is in fact a gorge with a nice stream at the bottom. This means you will have many more inclines in the well-kept sandy trails than in most places and get a good workout. There are also many wooden and some cement stairs as well, as pictured below. In spring and summer you will find an abundance of butterflies and dragonflies, and the flowers change throughout the year. I have not measured the trails, but it is easy to get a good five miles in and the suspension bridges, pond, and water wheel are all very cool.

 

This is a relatively well-visited area, so one thing you will not find is time alone. But even on weekends I have been able to hike and take pictures in relative calm despite some loud people who tend to scare the birds and other wildlife away. I can never figure why certain people go to these places only to miss the bird calls and so much more in favor of being loud like they are at work and home.

 

Trails at Ravine Gardens State Park Map - PDF map of trail hike

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

 

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

 

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Wooden Stairs in Forest

 

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

 

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Elder Flowers for elder berries

 

Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia

 

Azalea Blossom

Azalea Blossom

 

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

 

Cute squirrel

Cute squirrel in tree

 

Cuban brown anole

Cuban brown anole

 

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

 

 

 

 

 

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Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park
Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Bryan Lindenberger
Ravine Gardens State Park

Trail in Ravine Gardens State Park

Wooden Suspension Bridge in Autumn

Wooden Stairs in Forest

Erythrina herbacea - coral bean

Elder Flowers for elder berries

Southern Magnolia

Azalea Blossom

Colocasia esculenta - elephant ear

Cute squirrel

Cuban brown anole

Florida Brown Snake Hatchling

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images