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Garden of Eden Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 475 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Muddy

Scramble

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

This demanding and sometimes strenuous 3.75 mile trail is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. The trail, located in the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve is rich in flora and animal species. For a state known for beaches and sand this area of Florida reminds you of the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. Your hike begins in a sandhill habitat with wiregrass and longleaf pines quickly changing to a slop forest with a steephead ravine to a mixed upland habitat. Finally, the trail reaches Alum Bluff where you have a wonderful vista of the Apalachicola River and the floodplain on the opposite side of the river. The Garden of Eden Trail treats hikers to a botanically rich environment.

Parking and water at trailhead. Trail Map at Kiosk

Northwest Florida Program, PO Box 393, Bristol, FL 32321. Phone: (850) 643-2756

N30 27.283 W84 58.224 From Bristol, Florida head north on FL-12 E for 1.4 mile and turn left on Garden of Eden Road. The trailhead will be on the right in .2 mile.

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Macie Codina
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Great views at the half way point! Two very steep ravines. We were the only people out there today.

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Jordan Mauro
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Paul Scott Reed
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HikingBugsGreat!

This is a great trail! Beautiful and unexpected hike for Florida. Be sure to bring bug spray and plenty of water. Repeat: Bring bug spray and plenty of water! Keep in mind that this trail is difficult in parts. The ravines are steep and will be challenging for some.

Iris Iris engel
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

this hike was great!! such a cool way to see florida. I will note that this was the hottest trail I have ever done, and definetly should not have done it in June. most of the trail is in a cool jungle like setting, but the other half is spent walking through an active burn area with no shade. literally the trail was actively on fire, adding at like 30 degrees to the already sweltering day. this part was pretty hellacious and vomit-worthy but the rest was awesome. great overlook!

Mike Dearth
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Nicole Sullivan
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Very challenging, requiring hands sometimes. Lots of up and down, twists and turns, a babbling brook and lots more. Be prepared to hike/climb up and down ravines. Absolutely beautiful and very different!

Justin Smith
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Extremely challenging hike but great views and a diverse trail. Very steep, overgrown, and narrow; not for the average person and absolutely no dogs or children. Bring water! Highly recommend tracking your path on the Relive app. Overlook was beautiful.

Ronnie Randolph
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I love trail walking. I think I understand while dogs aren't allowed due to the elevation it might be a hazard to them and to their human. This is the first trail that I'd never have been able to take them on. Other than that I'm an older male with a lot of extra baggage (weight). It was a challenge... by the time i made it back to the parking area I was relieved. I'm working on getting into better shape. I love this trail and I will come back when I feel that I can enjoy it a little bit more without breathing so hard LOL. Goals!

Steve Nielsen Jr
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Good trail, great elevation changes. Could forget you're in Florida if you're not careful haha. Would be if a few downed trees and some underbrush was cleared away from the path a bit more. Great river view!

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Derek Barton
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Temple Woodrum
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Hiking

My husband and I hiked this trail and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. It is one of our favorite Florida trails so far! We will definitely be back soon.

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Wade Mercer
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Hiking

We did a family mission trip to the Costa Rican rainforest a few years ago and this is the only thing in Florida that is even close to the same level. Do this trail three times back to back and your ready to tackle the Cabecar Indian Reservation in the Cartago region of Southeastern Costa Rica. My favorite Florida day trail so far!

Miranda Brock
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Hiking

It was a very nice trail! I loved the elevation changes for Florida, it was a nice surprise!

Polly Straughen
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Hiking

Hike elevation in Florida! Great trail and I am sure it took a lot of hard work from The Nature Conservancy and volunteers to make it passable after the fire and hurricane. There are still trees down and step and bridge repair needed but it is open and beautiful.

Daniel Krick
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Have done the trail many times and the good news is the Entire trail is now open again. Parts were closed after the hurricane. The. river trail is open and ready. It's in great shape. If you want a little elevation in your Florida hiking it's back.

Rachael Taylor
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Hiking

Great hike! Some hard parts for sure, but worth the view at the end!

Andrew Peck
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Hiking

Gorgeous! Will be back in spring.

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Kathy Koolman
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Hiking

What a North Florida gem! Super well-marked with an awesome view of the bluff overlooking the Apalachicola River. A decent amount of people on the trail on a sunny Saturday, helping me feel super safe as a solo female hiker. Would be awesome to come back during the week to try and spot some wildlife (lots of birds and squirrels, but didn't see anything crazy). Challenging at times, but pretty easy hike. Will definitely be back and recommend!

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Brian Lambert
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This trail was much more challenging than expected. Downed trees blocking paths, destroyed walkways, washout zones, it was a mess. Hurricane Michael was not kind to this trail lol. Also, if you are taking this hike to get nature photos, I really don't recommend it. There's only two spots along the trail worthy of getting wide nature shots. One down on a creek. The other when you reach the summit/overlook of the river. Everything else is just dead, leafless trees.

Iris Iris engel
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longest trail ever. unsure of when it ends (this is a joke, i accidentally left it on while driving. loved the trail. insanely hot but very fun)

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Misty Gonzales
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My 8yo son and I hiked this trail yesterday and we had a great time! Took us a couple of hours. We picked a good time of year, no bugs! The mom in me was a little stressed on some of the steep slopes, narrow spots and broken bridges but he handled it like a champ. It actually has me thinking he might be ready to start traveling up north. I've hike most trails in the area and I can definitely say this is my new fave next to 2 Penny Bridge. My only regret is not finding it sooner. I wonder what it looked like before the storm. Definitely recommend this trail!!

Dale Ostlie
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Hiking

Nice Christmas hike on a beautiful day. I would rate the hike as easy to moderate given a couple of short but steep descents and ascents into and out of ravines. Note: NO PETS ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL, unfortunately a family and their half-dozen dogs didn't read the signs. The address of 1108 is actually for the house adjacent to the Nature Conservancy property. Well worth a few hours.

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Julia S.
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Hiking

Great trail for homeschooling. Beautiful and fun. Lots of flora and fauna we don't usually see on hikes as well as different lizards and beetles to catch and study. There is a small patch where little ones definitely need to hold hands due to a steep drop, but the rest is safe.

Jaida Condo
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Hiking

Awesome trail! The elevation and variation in scenery makes you feel like you’re not even in Florida. Steep slopes that are fun but would be difficult if you are not in the best of shape. Some bridges were partially broken. I highly recommend! (Bring bug spray)

Naomi Hope
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Beautiful trail. It can be challenging at times with the ascents/descents, but nothing crazy. Definitely carry a good amount of water and bug spray. Will do this trail again and again!

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