Named after an extremely rare tree found only along the bluffs of the Apalachicola River, Torreya State Park is a hiker’s paradise.
Its centerpiece is the Torreya Hiking Trail, a 14.4 mile trail system developed in the 1970s by the Florida Trail Association.
Made up of two loops, the 14.4-mile Torreya Hiking Trail boasts challenging elevation changes found in few other places throughout the state.
It also offers three primitive campsites as destinations for backpackers who want to take on this rugged terrain.
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Length: 14.4 mile loop
Trailhead: 30.577133, -84.949083
Address: 2576 NW Torreya Park Rd, Bristol
Fees: $3 per vehicle
Restrooms: At the picnic area on the main drive
Land manager: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM to sunset. Leashed pets welcome. Pay your entrance fee at the iron ranger as you enter the park.
In addition to primitive campsites, the park features a campground for tent campers and RVs, two yurts, and an accessible cabin.
From Exit 166 on Interstate 10, head south on Flat Creek Rd for 3.2 mile, and turn right onto Audie Clark Rd. In 1.1 mile, turn right onto Sycamore Rd and continue for 10.2 miles. Turn right onto NW Torreya Park Rd and follow it 2.6 miles to the park entrance. The trailhead is immediately on the left after passing through the main gate.
One of the most rugged hikes in Florida, the Torreya Hiking Trail treats you to an billowing landscape of bluffs and ravines rising to 300 feet above the Apalachicola River at Logan’s Bluff.
The unique landscape houses unusual plant communities, including some of the rarest species in the state, including Ashe magnolia, torreya (“stinking cedar”), and Florida yew tree.
You’ll also see remains of Confederate earthwork gun batteries used to shell passing ships from the high bluffs.
Visit in late spring for optimal magnolia blooms—there are several rare varieties that only grow along these bluffs. Pause at the Red Rock scenic area to enjoy the cliffs.
Made up of the Rock Creek Loop and the Torreya Challenge Loop, the Torreya Hiking Trail sprawls across river bluffs and ridges, uplands and bottomlands.
For direct access to the full loop, use the trailhead for the Rock Creek Loop.
Traversing rugged terrain through steep ravines above the Apalachicola River, the Rock Creek Loop at Torreya State Park offers distinctly scenic landscapes in a botanically-rich corner of Florida.
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