Perched on a high bluff above the Apalachicola River, Torreya State Park is one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservations Corps in the 1930s. It’s a destination that fulfills many interests, with botanical wonders, geologic anomolies, and historic sites including earthworks from the Civil War and the Gregory House, a plantation home from 1849.
Fees: $3 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
Stand atop the bluffs and you can see right into the next time zone: well across the Apalachicola River. The rugged hills and ravines along this mighty river are home to the rare torreya tree, high ridges with views that go on forever, and a waterfall that weeps down a hillside.
The park is a delight for campers, too, with your choice of a developed campground, primitive campsites on the river bluffs, and Florida State Parks’ only yurt, available for overnight rental. Naturally terraced hillsides with high ridges are a delight for backpackers seeking an Appalachian-style experience.
Explore the park
- Torreya Hiking Trail- One of the most rugged hikes in Florida, the Torreya Hiking Trail treats you to an scenic landscape of bluffs and ravines to 300 feet above the Apalachicola River.
- Weeping Ridge Trail- One of the lesser-heralded delights of Torreya State Park is the Weeping Ridge Trail, which leads to a 25-foot-tall waterfall splashing off the ridge