Torreya Challenge

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Torreya Challenge is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

river

wildlife

Directions from Bristol, FL: Take Route 12 northeast to Route 1641. Distance is approximately 13 miles. (There are signs on Interstate 10, exit 24.) After entering the park, trailhead parking is the first left. Or continue to the end of the park road and begin the trail south of the Gregory House.

11 days ago

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
2 months ago

3 months ago

Fantastic.cant wait to go back

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is a 10.5 mile trail from the picnic area including the connector trail. I understand the right loop to be the challenge trail. I love Torreya and considered it quite an accomplishment to finish since I am 58 years old. Gorgeous trails in good condition and the benches helped. Best completed in cooler weather January through March. The connector trail was actually rougher than the challenge trail. The maps are accurate too. A wonderful experience if you're in shape.

hiking
10 months ago

Such a beautiful trail and very well maintained. Wish I could've hiked further but it was getting dark. There was a bathroom along the trail which was convenient

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

A nice challenging hike. We went on an extremely hot day so that added to the fun. Saw turkeys, deer, snakes, box turtles and plenty more. Can't wait to go back.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great hike. 2 miles in to the trail to reach the start of the challenge. Also, saw and waited on a family of 6 wild boar to finish eating.

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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).

camping
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

So is the torryea challenge the right loop? or both loops? Where do I find a map with the campgrounds designated.
Thanks

hiking
Thursday, February 18, 2016

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!