City of Palatka, Florida

The Seminole tribe called this city, “Pilo-taikita, meaning "crossing over" or "cows' crossing". With fluctuations in sovereignty, the name was contracted to Pilatka, and during the 1850’s, it became a safe haven for invalids who were avoiding the harshness of a northern winter. Although this tourist trend was interrupted by the Civil War, it resumed once the fighting was done, and became an important railroad junction.

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. 

Ravine Gardens State Park

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.

Rodman Campground

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.

Rodman Recreation Area