Ravine Gardens State Park is a beautiful park in Palatka that features exactly what it says – a ravine and gardens. Similar to Devil’s Millhopper in Gainesville, looking over the edge from the top or looking up to the top from the bottom feels a lot like being in the mountains — something I relish, living in mostly-flat Florida.
Rice Creek Conservation Area is an old rice and indigo plantation with at least 5 miles worth of trails. It connects with the Florida Trail, so really you could keep going as long as you wanted to, but we did the 5 mile loop and I can easily say this is one of my favorite trails we’ve done so far. It reminded me a lot of the Black Bear Wilderness Area, with all the boardwalks and bridges, except this was far less heavily trafficked and I think because of it we ended up seeing a lot more wildlife.