Parks, Cultural Resources & Recreation

The City of Palatka Parks and Recreation Department proudly offers a wide range of parks, facilities, and programs designed to serve the needs of the community. These facilities include:
  • Amphitheater
  • Ball  fields
  • Pier
  • Playgrounds
  • Riverfront Park
  • Tennis courts
Statue on Guard
In addition to our recreation facilities, Palatka’s central location provides fishermen, kayakers, and boaters safe and convenient access to the beautiful St. Johns River. The St. Johns River winds and narrows to the south of Palatka and passes through large areas of protected natural areas making it easy to enjoy the wildlife of Florida’s Freshwater Coast.

Riverfront Park
Launching and Mooring Facilities
Access to the smaller undisturbed tributary waters can be found just south of Palatka. The city currently has launching and mooring facilities located within the Riverfront Park at:
301 River St.
Palatka, FL 32177
For more information on additional public launch facilities in the Palatka and Putnam County Area please visit the Putnam County Boat Ramps Page.

Bartram Trail
The Riverfront Park also serves as the Trailhead for the Bartram Trail. The Bartram Trail in Putnam County was formed in order to re-establish the sites of William Bartram’s travels in our region and make them accessible via waterway, hiking, biking, and driving routes. William Bartram, a botanist, artist, naturalist, humanist, and author, explored the area along the St. Johns River in Putnam County during his excursions into Florida in the late 1700s.

The heart of William Bartram’s book "Travels" documents our local flora and fauna, and records his colorful encounters with local traders and native tribes. His work has great poetic, historical, and educational value. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best possible activities and facilities for your enjoyment. If you need assistance in locating a particular park, please contact our staff at 386-329-0103.

Other Amenities
Palatka is also home to the Ravine State Gardens, which can be visited year round. In a continuous effort to improve our services, we encourage you to contact us with questions, comments, and concerns.