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hiking
1 month 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.

2 months 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!

nature trips
2 months ago

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done

walking
2 months ago

Fun trail lots to see.

A good challenge! A little narrow in some spots! Definitely some climbing/scrambling! Great view of the river from the bluffs!

backpacking
2 months 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

Trail is challenging in certain areas. certainly not for children. There are a number of steep inclines. Over all it's a good challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was amazing! Was skeptical about how “hard” it would be but it was seriously pretty tough. Biggest downside; lots of yellow flies and a few snakes. Very narrow trail at times. The beginning was weirdly sandy. Also, definitely need lots of water, I lost a good bit of sweat.

We took an extra challenge to make it down to the water, which was beautiful! However, VERY difficult. The erosion along the bluff makes it hard to get any good traction/ footing, but if you have plenty of time and don’t mind getting dirty/ sweaty trying to climb down and then back up, it’s worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Starts off a broad sandy trail with burned foliage all around. Not sure if intentional or recent wild fire, but it smells good. Less than half a mile in and you're in the trees, staying there for about a mile before some more open spaces, then back in the trees around the River Loop. The bugs were annoying but not too out of hand so long as you keep moving. Lots of squirrels, birds, deer, and a few other things crashing around in the trees.

Made it to the River Loop head after about 1.6 miles. Bearing to the right takes you to a nice bluff, if you don't see the obvious sign. Nice views from a good perch of the Apalachicola. You can continue from the bluff to the River Loop or turn around.

I followed the loop, which is definitely the road less traveled. Trees are marked, but not as well, and the trail is not nearly as worn in as the main section. The loop also has some of the most elevation change per distance of the whole trail. If you're losing light and need to get back, I would skip the loop.

Coming back after the loop in the waning light, I came across a copperhead in the trail. Big one too, at about 5 feet long. Watch your step in the twilight.

Well marked trail, perfect distance for a business trip, nice mix of canopy and open views, big river bluff views, and some very un-Floridian elevation changes make this a regional 5 star almost by default.

Will definitely do again! :D

hiking
3 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!

hiking
3 months ago

Bring plenty of bug spray and water. One of the best hikes in Florida with a great view from the bluff!! Bring a walking stick as some areas are more challenging going up and down.

backpacking
4 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
4 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.

4 months ago

georgous hike!

great prep for the Appalachian trail

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

Definitely a nice little hike. For Florida, I would consider this a moderate-hard hike, depending on your physical abilities.

The elevation changes will be welcomed by anyone that enjoys hiking the foothills of the Appalachian Trail. Some elevation changes are much steeper than those seen on the Torreya Trails.
Due to traffic and washout, one area has become a relatively steep drop-off, of approximately 2 feet, but most areas have steps or roots, to aid in footing.

Many areas through the open fields are very sandy, making the hike a little more strenuous, combined with the elevation changes that come along in the wooded areas.

One stream with clear, but lightly tannic water can be accessed easily for those looking to filter water. The Conservatory has also placed a water fountain at the beginning of the trail.

My only dislike was the lack of maintenance on the one stair case. Some steps have fallen a little, making footing a little unstable, if you're not paying close attention. Otherwise, the trail makes for a nice in and out hike.

hiking
5 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
6 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
6 months ago

Nice in-and-out trial unique to the Florida Panhandle. Trail has flora unique to area, such as the Florida Torreya and the Florida Yew. Steep ravines provide a strenuous hike. There is an awesome lookout of the Apalachicola River at the end of the trail. Great little hike for an adventure during the day!

hiking
6 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
7 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!

This trail has spiders like crazy. I went in November. Terrific trail otherwise

Most trails around are flat but this one actually has some elevation gain and loss. It also ends with a great view!

8 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
8 months ago

Beautiful seanery.Lots of elevation for Fl.

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

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