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Ravine State Gardens Palatka Florida
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Ravine Gardens State Park north of Salt Creek in the sprawling town of Palatka in Florida, isn't a traditional plot. The ravine's architect is erosion, which over eons collapsed a sandy bluff near the St. Johns River into something odd for the Sunshine State � a 120-foot-deep ravine.
Ravine Gardens was built by the Works Progress Administration (C.W.A.) in 1933. It consists of 59 acres of trees, trails, suspension bridges, creeks and quiet beauty. A 1.8 mile loop drive around the upper portion of the ravine provides an overview of the gardens. The formal garden area has rustic stone walls, walks and and terraces. However, to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful gardens - take a walk on one of the trails. There are not many places that can be considered a strenuous climb in the flat State of Florida, but the Ravine State Gardens can give folks accustomed to hiking in mountainous areas a good workout. So take it slow! And the two long suspension bridges spanning the ravine are fun to walk across.
Ravine Gardens State Park would be a great sight for filming jungle adventure or dinosaur movies. It's not Disney but it's so much more - a horticultural haven for both Palatka and Putnam County.
June 12th, 2013
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