Ravine Gardens State Park
Azalea Bloom Update!
A bit of warm weather and rain has made the azalea's pop in the last 24 hours. As of 2/13/2019 we are at about 30-40% bloomed, with the pink and coral colored azaleas really putting on a show. Red buds, plum and citrus are all blooming as well. The next week or two will most likely be when we reach "full bloom." Remember - full bloom is still only about 50-60%, as the azaleas complete a rolling, or staggered bloom. After that we will start to see a decline in blooms, although we will continue to see flowers into the summer.
Loop Drive Closure
THE LOOP IS CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC. VISITORS WILL HAVE TO PARK AND WALK INTO THE PARK. VISITORS CAN STILL PARK AT THE CIVIC CENTER, YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO WALK BEYOND THAT POINT. Due to erosion issues, the drive will remain closed to vehicles for the foreseeable future. The park drive and the interior trails are now open to pedestrians during regular park operating hours. Please remember that you are entering a hurricane disturbed area. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, blocked routes, eroded trails and unstable and uneven surfaces.
Welcome to Ravine Gardens State Park
Ravine Gardens State Park is one of the nine New Deal-era state parks in Florida. 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 ravines are 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 ravines have widened and deepened to what you see today. In 1933, the ravines were transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration. Some of the original landscaping still exists as formal gardens and a unique system of trails. A 1.8-mile paved road winds around the ravines, offering visitors dramatic views.
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. Contact the park office at 386-329-3721 to obtain a quote on facility rentals and outdoor events.
The garden's peak flowering period is azalea season, January to March. The hundreds of remaining azaleas have a "rolling bloom" and top out with about 50 - 60% of the plants blooming simultaneously. A survey was recently conducted and eighteen different types of azaleas were documented. The season is variable based on weather conditions.
Plan Your Visit
Historic Gardens and Court of States
Hiking the Ravines
Ravine Gardens State Park
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