Putnam County invites you to visit and explore some of our natural, historic and cultural attractions and events. It's a "Great Place, Great Pace...Naturally!" Where the St. Johns River flows, trophy bass are plentiful, pristine natural beauty and Florida Heritage is bountiful. Come to fish. We have some of the top spots in the state for Trophy Bass. Come to relax. Soothing, pristine waterways and lakes are everywhere. We have hundreds of miles of trails and preserved natural lands for all to enjoy.
Putnam County has eight blueways that were officially designated by the State of Florida, including the first portion of the St. Johns River to be designated as a blueway. Blueways are also known as "paddling trails" and are trails along waterways such as rivers, streams, and lakes for use by canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized water craft. Click here to go to Putnam County's Blueways website.
Nature and history buffs can paddle, hike and bike the same route traveled by William Bartram by following the Bartram Trail in Putnam County. 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.
St. Johns River Water Management District Conservation Lands
Florida State Forests
Florida State Parks
Marinas, Restaurants, Camps and Places to Stay
Crystal Cove Resort has a boat launch, marina and motel, 133 Crystal Cove Drive, just north of Palatka, off SR-17. Call 386-325-1055.
Corky Bell's at Gator Landing restaurant, 185 South Highway 17, East Palatka, offers steak and seafood on a beautiful location right on the river. Call 386-329-9300.
Angel's Dining Car, 209 Reid Street, Palatka, 386-325-3927. In operation since 1932, Angel's is one of the oldest diners in Florida, just a couple blocks from the St. Johns River. The current owners are John and Diane Browing. Be sure to try the special "Pusalow" beverage.
The River Pub Italian Grille, 1148 County Road 309, Crescent City, 386-467-8666.
Shrimp R Us, 765 3rd Avenue, Welaka, 386-467-7111.
Cafe Bleuu on the St. Johns River at Palmetto Street Welaka, 386-467-8999.
Backwoods Smokehouse, 888 CR 310, Interlachen, 386-684-4795.
Welaka Lodge & Resort offers cottages, RV sites and charter boat tours, 1001 Front Street, Welaka, ph 386-467-7171.
Boat Dealer & Repair
Big Boys Play Toys, 272 South Highway 17, East Palatka,386-328-4510.
St. Johns River Blueway YouTube channel
St Johns River Alliance
2029 North 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
(904) 247-1972 x 414