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Ravine Gardens State Park

A ravine was created over thousands of years by water flowing from the sandy ridges on the shore of the St. Johns River. In 1933, this ravine was transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration. Much of the original landscaping still exists as formal gardens and an extensive trail system. A 1.8-mile paved road winds around the ravine, offering motorists and bicyclists a view of the gardens. The Ravine Loop is closed to vehicle traffic one hour before sunset, but remains open for pedestrians, bicycles, and wheelchairs. The garden's peak flowering period is azalea season, late January to April. 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.
Pets are allowed in Ravine Gardens State Park and on the multi-use trail system. They must be kept on a six-foot, hand held leash and well behaved at all times. Pets may not be left unattended at any time. Please pick up after your pet. Potty bags are provided at two locations in the park. Visit Website

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Ravine Gardens State Park has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jenny
    More than a year ago
    We Bring Our Dogs Weekly!

    Wonderful place to walk your dogs! We take advantage of the hoses on really warm days and wet down our dogs several times during our walks.

    The park is beautiful and the clear water springs are a favorite place for our dogs to cool off as well.

    The rangers there are obviously dog lovers and always friendly.

  • Pat
    More than a year ago
    This Place Is a Must See and a Good Work out

    A ravine this big and deep is totally unexpected in Florida. There are two suspension bridges spanning it. A paved road for cars, hikers, and bikers goes around the top of the ravine, with exercise stations and overlooks. A dirt path goes around the lip of the ravine with lots of shade and ups and downs. Periodically concrete steps provide access down into the ravine itself where another series of dirt paths follow the center bottom where a clear, white sand stream flows. The dogs love lying in the stream on hot days, and walking around where the water is bubbling up from springs. Picnic areas are found here and there. Plan on at least half a day to do the unpaved trails, and pack a lunch. Be sure to read about the history of this place.

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