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.

Beautiful seanery.Lots of elevation for Fl.

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

hiking
11 days ago

backpacking
17 days 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
17 days 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.

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

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.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

hiking
4 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.

Fantastic.cant wait to go back

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

Lots of fallen trees currently, also the connector to the challenge is difficult to read and follow. Hike turned out to be roughly 16 miles wish I would of known before hand.

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