JH Anderson, Jr Memorial Park, Rock Bluff Springs, Bell, Florida

No hike here yet but this is a gorgeous spot to take a dip in the small spring and have a picnic lunch. This is maintained by the Alachua Conservation Trust and there is at $5 fee for admission. If you are staying on the Santa Fe or Suwannee rivers, this park is a short drive from any of the local campgrounds. Just past the entrance is a bridge over the Suwannee. It's just gorgeous and there was parking at Rock Bluff boat ramp. Definitely a hidden gem in North Florida.

Fort White Wildlife and Environmental Area

North Loop

This 3 mile hike took us through Palmettos and Pine trees. We saw tons of birds and a Sherman Fox Squirrel! We were the only ones there so it made for a peaceful afternoon. Cross the street for another mile hike along the South Loop.

South Loop

This 1 mile hike takes you through Palmettos and Pine trees and then along the Santa Fe River.

Ravine Gardens State Park

Ravine Gardens State Park is in Palatka, Florida about 45 minutes east of Gainesville. The park has two ravines and formal gardens. We hiked the strenuous Azalea Trail in and out of the ravines. This was very steep at points so be prepared for lots of climbing and stairs. We did find a couple of spots on the trail where it was confusing which way to go so make sure to look for the red blazes on the trees. There is also a paved walkway the view the gardens without having to climb in and out of the ravines.

One of three suspension bridges in the park.
This set of stairs led to a clear creek.
Jared walked down to take a closer look at the creek.
There are so many beautiful plants and trees in the park but the Azaleas seem to be dominant. We saw them in pink, purple, red and white.
Quite a bit of the trail was blooming when we were there March 2019.
Another suspension bridge leading across the ravine.
Before you hit the trails, there is a lovely garden and fountain area.