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.

hiking
21 days ago

7 plus miles of Great trails with moderate incline/decline. Great for bird watching and other wildlife. Take plenty of H2O and watch out for snakes.

Sunday in June it was hot and buggy but I would do it again. Lots of water needed. First hike in weeks that I got no ticks. I started at lower trail head and it took almost 3 hours and I usually would do that many miles in 2 hours.

1 month ago

Great trail! My wife and I did it yesterday! Clocks in closer to 7 miles, (6.8)! Great elevation changes! Bring plenty of bug spray and water! Probably a little harder than moderate! Get out there and go for it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Very nice trails. Well blazed and taken care of. Only negative I can think to mention was the condition of "snot logs" crossing one of the creeks on the connector trail that connect both loops. Crossing logs were badly decayed and partially sunken in the creek. Otherwise, with what seems to be constant elevation changes, this trail system, which is very unique for Florida, would be a good primer for the AT.

hiking
2 months ago

I love it here. So peaceful and great trails

hiking
2 months ago

Very cool hike as you get to see different types of scenery. Bring plenty of water and a snack as you definitely need it!

backpacking
3 months ago

Recently completed the Torreya Challenge trail as a two night backpacking trip with a boy scout training crew. The mileage is closer to 14 with side hikes to the camps etc. Parked in the central parking lot and hiked out to the the backpacking campsites at the far east of the second challenge loop. 4-backpacking sites that can easily hold 4 tents. The park prefers to only have 4-people in each site. Each site has a fire ring and benches and a firewood stack. 2nd night we hiked to the Rock Bluff campsite on the far west overlooking the Apalachicola river. Probably one of the prettiest campsites on local backpacking treks. Again 4 sites with the same set up. There is also a porta potty on the main trail about 100-yards from the sites. Beautiful limestone outcroppings to site to watch the sunset in the west. Beware of the Torreya's infamous Copperheads. Also another group did have a black bear in their camp site. Both trails are rolling with lots of streams and of course the river for water. There is also access to two spigots on the trail (Gregory House and at the entrance of the park). From May to October this trail can be very humid with lots of mosquitoes.

Great trail with lots of hills. Beautiful views of the Apalachicola River. We plan to try out the primitive campsites.

hiking
3 months ago

In terms of topography and variation of habitat, it doesn’t get much better in Florida. Spectacular views will have you tripping over your own feet.

3 months ago

georgous hike!

great prep for the Appalachian trail

hiking
4 months ago

Not your typical Florida hike. Being from S Florida I am used to flat,sandy,scrub hiking. Torreya was great. Reminded me of out west with the hills and streams. I found it very
strenuous. Total elev. changes of 1600 feet.
Nicely marked trail. Cute little bridges.
Lots of up and down. Didn't see any wildlife and only 2 other hikers. Started at the picnic area.
Definitely recommend this hike if you want a challenge and enjoy the beauty of forest hiking.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful Torreya! This trail is perfect if you’re looking for a good workout! The beauty of the ravines and bluffs will keep you going! Well maintained throughout.

hiking
5 months ago

Did both loops clockwise starting near the park's main gate. The trail is well marked and well maintained. No bugs this time of year. The river views are nice as are the historical markers on the nature trail near the Gregory House. The elevation change is nice. I'd like to give it 3.5 stars, but I'll round up as it is a more interesting trail than you'll find anywhere nearby.

hiking
5 months ago

Best Florida Trail to date. Good trail with enough elevation to make you feel like you actually went on a hike not a walk in the woods.

hiking
6 months ago

This is my favorite trail in Florida to date. It's hilly, with a few steep climbs and the diversity of terrain makes a day of hiking feel like an hour's walk. If you go, please take care, especially along the river. The limestone bluffs can only take so much human traffic. Stay on the trail :) Also, keep your eyes open and you may find one of the rarest trees in the southeast, the Florida Nutmeg (it's a Torreya tree). Enjoy this truly special place we have access to!

7 months ago

Loved this trail. Great views ! The changes in elevations here are not your typical Florida flatlands. Well maintained and the trails are cleary marked . Highly recommend downloading a topo map so you can get an idea of how some areas of the trail will be a little more strenuous.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful seanery.Lots of elevation for Fl.

Brautifull trail.One of the hilliest in Florida. Lots of great streams and wet environments.

backpacking
7 months ago

Both camp sites on this trail are a short blue blaze away from parking lots. Rock Bluff is near the trail head, and Rock Creek is a 20 minute blue blaze from the picnic area. Water, bathrooms and electricity at the picnic area, and water at the trail head. If you are so inclined, you can blue blaze to your campsite, then slack pack the trail without tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, food bag, etc. etc. There is a porta-potty at Rock Bluff, and bathrooms and water cooler below the office at the Gregory House. I have seen several Copperheads, mostly at Rock Creek. Walk with caution.

backpacking
7 months ago

My understanding is both trails plus blue blaze is 16 miles total. And as noted, the blue blaze to the Challenge trail is harder than the actual Challenge trail. I do a 2-3 day backpacking trip here at least once a month. But if you are not used to NW Florida summers, it would be better to wait til cooler weather. Weekends in the Fall can get crowded, so a trip during the week is best if you don't care to share a camping site. It's only $5.40 per night for camping, and a $5 donation to the Friends of Torreya for a bundle of firewood.

8.5 mile loop, including portion of trail to and from the nearest parking area...NOT 12.5 as noted in the description. When combined with Torreya trail (also 8.5 miles when hiked from the campground), 17 miles. Mileage based on recent GPS recording.

8 months ago

We hiked this loop starting at the campground, for a total of 8.5 miles.

hiking
8 months ago

We walked about half this trail with our 4 month old border collie. She loved it as did we. Good up and down elevation, varied terrain and streams for Essie to quench her thirst. Lots of roots to traverse in places but not overwhelming.
By the way, we did see one copperhead toward the very end of the trail while heading to our car on a service road. It slithered across the road about 12 feet in front of us. I’m glad I saw it before the dog !!

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice trail, with lots of elevation change for Florida. Spotted a couple deer and a yearling on a few separate occasions. Highly recommended

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely trail! Well marked, great views, and definitely helped me prep for the trails up in GA with all the hills here. The only downside is there are plenty of spiders if you arrive in the morning (and you should, because it gets hot) and the area can be prettu buggy, especially by the river. Bring a watch too, because your phone will not know what time zone it's in.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike! Well marked Trail with great views. You get to experience many ecosystems that represent Florida. Moderate rating for hike. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating for hiking with your dog. Several fresh water creeks along the way to allow your pup to drink and cool off. Watch out for snakes, gators, wild hogs and yellow jackets. Pack appropriate water as potable water refills are limited. Check out my full review and guide here: https://www.outdoorproject.com/adventures/florida/hikes/torreya-trail

on Torreya Challenge

11 months ago

Fantastic.cant wait to go back

backpacking
Friday, July 14, 2017

great trail, went in January and weather was very nic. The trail was well maintained and cared for. surprisingly there was a decent amount of with flowers out as well.

trail running
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Well marked, adequately maintained. Runnable in parts. Some nice views. Unusual for FL in the elevation changes. $3 for parking.

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