Torreya State Park
Torreya State Park is one of the most unusual in the state, resembling trails in the Appalachian Mountains more than simitropical trails. The Torreya perimeter trail, a loop of about seven miles, traverses ravines and streams and bluffs which rise over 150 feet above teh apalachicola River. Logan’s Bluff towers to about 300 feet. Forests of the park include the river swamp, hardwood hammocks, and high pineland. Each of these communities has a different set of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.
Look for the rare Florida yew tree, the queen Magnolia (the largest bigleaf magnolia in the US.), dogwood, yellow jasmine, azalea, and the gopherwood or “stinking cedar,” from which Noah is supposed to have constructed the Ark. The Torreya tree found here grows only in this location. Wildlife is common and includes deer, beaver, bobcat, grey fox, the rare Barbour’s map turtle and over 100 species of birds.
Torreya State Park is 12 miles north of Bristol near Rock Bluff on CR 271. Enter the park via CR 270 or CR 271 form SR 12 between Bristol and Greensboro.
Type of Hiking
The terrain in this region is “mountainous”, with real cliffs. Its flora and topology are unique. Both overnight and day hikes are possible.
Park at the park entrance, the picnic area or the Gregory House.
Potable water is available at the Gregory House, the campground, the picnic area and the front entrance parking lot.
Mail: Bristol 32321
Public Campgrounds: in the park
Liberty County Sherriff: 904-643-5615
Park Manager: 904-643-2674
Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Plan hiking to suit these hours. The trail is blazed white. There is a fee for primitive camping. Check in with the ranger at the Gregory House. For information, write to Superintendant, RT 2, Box 70, Bristol, FL 32321
All plant and animal life is protected; do not disturb plants and animals in the park. Small fires are permitted only in camping areas. Fires are prohibited in times of drought.
Click here for the Florida State Parks’ map of the Torreya State Park hiking trail.
See the Florida Trail Association online store (choose the “Panhandle” option) to purchase the official FTA map.
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