High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida's most scenic places. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River. Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Torreya is popular for camping, hiking, and picnicking. Bird-watching is also a popular activity. Over 100 species of birds have been spotted in the park. Forests of hardwood trees provide the finest display of fall color found in Florida. The main campground offers full-facility campsites and a YURT (Year-round Universal Recreational Tent). Primitive campsites and a youth campground are also available. Ranger-guided tours of the Gregory House, a fully furnished plantation home built in 1849, are given at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekends and state holidays.
Excellent winter hike and overnight experience for young families and first time hikers to try out equipment.
Lots of deer, Barred Owls (even a nighttime hootenanny!).
One mile hike in to the best river view sites; can also hike 3 or 4 miles to remote sites. I've done 7 or 8 one and two nighters here, usually in January.
Water, firewood, toilets convenient.
This is an approximately 1.3 mile trail to Rock Bluff campsite. You can choose the shorter 0.87 mile route along a dirt road to the same site but the longer version is more interesting. You can always loop back to the trailhead on the dirt road. The campsite offers three individual tent sites. Site one overlooks the Apalachicola River and you get a nice breeze.
Just before you reach the campsite is a port-a-potty and there is a cage with firewood for purchase (pay at the park office attached to the Gregory House).
This is perhaps the best marked trail I've ever been on.
This trail is a little under 7 miles long and it's about what you'd expect for NW Florida except there is some elevation change. One of the primitive camp grounds is called "Rock Bluff" which is pretty self explanatory. The ranger and campground host talked it up like it was pretty tough. I had planned on camping at the bluffs but I wanted a workout so I took the long way around - about 5 miles from the parking area to my camp site. I got there way earlier than I expected and it was only another mile and a half or so back to the parking area so I just finished the trail and went home. The trail itself is not breathtaking but it does have some neat features including the bluffs, some other rock features, plenty of streams and footbridges, tons of plant life (and tons of bug life...TAKE BUG SPRAY), etc. I was disappointed with the bluffs. I expected to be able to sit on the bluffs with a nice view of the river but it was all grown up with trees and other plants and I couldn't really see much (partly why I decided to just go home). I may go again one day if I just want to get some fresh air and exercise - there's a second trail called the Torreya Challenge. Lastly, for reference: I hiked with a ~40 lb pack and finished the whole thing in about 3.5 hrs. I used the all trails app and it says my total moving time was 2:19. I'm 29, in decent shape, and have a fair amount of experience hiking under a loaded ruck. I stopped a couple times for water breaks and to take a couple of pictures but other than that I didn't really stop and I was moving at a decent pace (app says average speed was 3 mph).
Including the connector trail that connects the two loops, the entire trail is actually closer to 14.2 miles. I did this trail twice in preparation for a 40 mile Appalachian Trail hike (Dick's Creek Gap, Georgia to Winding Stair Gap, North Carolina) and it's the best training run I think you can find in Florida for that type of hike.
Other challenges the trail provided - swarms of bugs whenever we stopped. Load up on bug spray in the Spring and Summer. Also, I almost stepped on a Copperhead while on the connector trail. It moved when one of my trekking poles landed near it or I would have stepped right on it as it was right in the middle of the trail, blending in beautifully (until it moved).
I would definitely recommend checking Torreya out! I loved the variety in terrain that it has to offer. The hiking trails lead you along a creek, out into an open plain and along the river and up steep hills. Just watch out for giant spiders chillin on their webs if you leave the trail!
Awesome trail more moderate than easy I'm in Boy Scout about 45 min away and hiked the entire loop then went back to the other trail and hikes to the campsite awesome views and scenery lots of running water potable water and maps are available at the trail head lots of elevation change I recommend trekking poles if you are carrying a 65+ liter pack lots of bridges and at one point you have to cross a shallow creek overall an awesome trek and great trip
Nice well marked trail, could use some upkeep in a couple of areas. Could not complete the 7.3 miles, the grand-daughter just gave out. Will return to complete when the temps are a little cooler. Take lots of water and a good hiking stick. Only saw 1 snake. Left it alone and left us alone.