Putnam County is located in Northeast Florida bordering Flagler, Volusia, Marion, Alachua, Bradford, Clay and St. Johns Counties.
Putnam County was established from St. Johns and Alachua Counties in 1849 and named for Benjamin Alexander Putnam who was a lawyer, soldier, judge, member of the state legislature and first President of the Florida Historical Society.
With 6,200 acres of land and water, this state park is full of natural beauty. Sandhills covered in longleaf pines, wiregrass, and sand pine scrub are homes to several endangered animals like the gopher tortoise and the fox squirrel. There are plenty of marked trails for hikers, bikers, and walkers, as well as a fishing dock, a canoe launch, and picnic areas that make the park a great place to spend the day.
If you're a passionate angler or you just like being out on the water, the Kenwood Recreation area is a prime fishing location. Nearly every weekend, the park holds a range of fishing tournaments from ten to over one hundred and fifty participating boats! If fishing simply isn't your thing, there's plenty of other things to love about the park, like the boating expeditions, picnic pavilions, and wildlife. It's located on the Rodman Reservoir, where you can also enjoy hiking along trails, camping, and much more.
Home to one of the top 10 Trophy Bass Lakes in Florida, Rodman Campground is an ideal family camping ground that, in addition to fishing, facilitates biking, bird-watching, boating, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Expect to observe bald eagles, waterfowl, and wading birds as well as alligators, turtles, and the occasional manatee.
The Rodman Dam Recreation Area was born from the remnants of the Rodman Dam, and now the upstream portion of this former earthen dam has become the perfect spot for bank fishing bass, bream, catfish, and muller. Other activities permitted at this location include boating and bird watching.
Putnam County plays host to several interesting locations to spend your afternoons. Those seeking activities for seniors and park goers who want to hit the trails while retracing an historical journey will find themselves well sated with options.
Ravine Gardens State Park is known for its steephead ravines that are caused by a spring-fed creek that never dries up. The ravines have widened over the years and were turned into a beautiful garden. Visitors can see the garden and all its glory from a 1.8 mile long paved road, enjoying photo stops and parking areas along the way. Picnic tables, large covered pavillions, and auditoriums are also available. The garden is most known for its beautiful azaleas which are best to see during the Florida winter months.