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Torreya Challenge is a 12.2 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, running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.2 mi Elevation gain 1,637 ft Route type Loop

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2576 N.W. Torreya Park Road Bristol, Florida 32321 (850) 643-2674

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.

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Karen Blaauw
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HikingClosed

Trails are still CLOSED! This was not posted by the fee box unfortunately.

Anthony Antolino
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Running

Awesome area to go trail-running and would suspect this to be a great preliminary for any of those testing out their endurance for the AT!

Hope Wiggins-Jernigan
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Hiking

I have hiked here before...went to visit today while visiting family, just to see that the trails had been cleaned up and open following devastating Hurricane Michael. The trails are not open. A sign is posted on the fee box stating that all trails are closed and trailheads near Gregory House are all roped off. View of the River is still pretty spectacular.

Mandy Sobeck Phillips
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Definitely a challenge, really nice trail , almost feels like your not in Florida .

Todd Cyrus
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Backpacking

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.

Richard Stephens
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Backpacking

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.

Amy Jensen
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great prep for the Appalachian trail

paul schilling
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Hiking

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.

RL M
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Hiking

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.

Alexis Andrews
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Hiking

Beautiful seanery.Lots of elevation for Fl.

Larro Darro
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Backpacking

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.

Evonne Dunn
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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.

Cassandra Moore
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Fantastic.cant wait to go back

Danny Arnone
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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.

Cheryl Jones
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Hiking

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.

Lauren Leathers
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Hiking

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

Steve Fifer
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Backpacking

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.

Joe B King
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Hiking

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.

Teresa Tyson
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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.

David Fugett
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Hiking

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).

Joe Jernigan
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Camping

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

Jessi Finn
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Hiking

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!

Jay McDuffie
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Hiking

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

Court C.
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Hiking

Awesome hike! This is, hands down, the most enjoyable trail I've hiked in Florida. There's good elevation change, plenty of flowing water, and trails that follow ridgelines -- often accompanied by a nice, cooling breeze. The forest here is older and more natural what you'll find in the flatlands of the panhandle. I was delighted to find such great scenery here in Florida! With only minor exceptions, the trails well marked and well maintained. Plenty of maps were available at the trailheads. Trees are bi-directionally marked every 10 - 30 yards. At the end of every mile, you'll find a nice wooden bench. With these reassurances, I never felt "lost," even though I hadn't seen anyone for hours. Bottom line: if you're within a few hours' drive of the Torreya Campground, it's well worth it. (Word to the wise: bring bug spray in, check for ticks on the way out!)

Caleb Gaines
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Hiking

Hiked this trail right after Christmas with a buddy. We are both used to the NEGA mountains and this was an amazing experience to say the least. It was like hiking in NEGA in the winter but with warmer weather. I want to add that the staff at the park were awesome and very welcoming.

Ashley Pollette
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Hiking

The Torreya Challenge Trail is the best trail in Florida to prep for the Appalachian Trail (AT). In July 2013, I walked the access trail from Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park to Neel Gap and I am certain my practice hikes with loaded pack on the Torreya contributive to my success in completing the trail. I recommend this trail to anyone who wants a challenge.

Ury Parada
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Hiking

This is a really nice place... challenging trail, but so worth it!

Chatham Mckinny
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Chatham Mckinny
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Shawn Cypher
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