The city of Palatka is located in the center of Putnam County, and serves as the county's seat. About 60 miles south of Jacksonville, it is closest to Gainesville to the west and St. Augustine to the east. With a wealth of natural beauty, warm weather, a burgeoning manufacturing-based economy and plenty of small-town Southern charm, Palatka is an ideal destination for families hoping to find homes for rent where they can comfortably settle down.
Surrounded by multiple forests and parks - including Ocala National Forest, the second largest of its kind in the state - and on the banks of the St. Johns River, Palatka is sure to be adored by aficionados of the great outdoors. It also boasts numerous attractions for kids and adults alike. Activities ranging from golf and fishing to community festivals and skydiving are available right at residents' fingertips.
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Once nicknamed the "Gem of the St. Johns" and called Pilatka, the city took on its current name when the U.S. Postal Service changed it to avoid confusion with nearby town Picolata.
Palatka is serviced by the Putnam County School District. Numerous elementary and middle schools are located right in the city, as well as two high schools - Palatka High and Putnam Edge High Charter School.
Palatka hosts over a dozen artistic, culinary and holiday-related festivals and parades each year, including the renowned Azalea Festival and Blue Crab Festival.
Fishing is a major activity in Palatka, with nine different bass-fishing tournaments taking place between January and May.