Torreya Challenge Trail

Torreya State Park, Florida

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Torreya Challenge Trail is a hiking trail in Liberty County, Florida. It is within Torreya State Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 258 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,405 feet.
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Torreya Challenge Trail is a hiking trail in Liberty County, Florida. It is within Torreya State Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 258 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,405 feet. This trail connects with the following: Torreya Trail and Torreya Challenge Primitive Camp Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Torreya State Park
Distance: 6.0
Elevation Gain: 2,405 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 258 feet
Top Elevation: 265 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Torreya Challenge Trail
Parks: Torreya State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 76/265 ft
Elevation Start/End: 258/260 ft
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Torreya State Park is named for the torreya, or Florida yew, the largest bigleaf magnolia found in the United States. The torreya is one of more than one hundred rare and endangered species living in this small protected area. Interestingly, a Baptist minister once tried to prove this area was the Garden of Eden because it has the world’s only four-headed river system. He also claimed the “gopher wood” Noah used to build his ark was actually the torreya tree. Because of the park’s high bluffs, deep ravines, and unusual vegetation, many consider the loop walk here to be one of the best and most unique in all Florida. This is one of the few parks with a camping yurt—a round, domed tent with flooring.

The trail skirts the perimeter of the park. However, it is not necessary to walk the entire length just to view the torreya trees or walk the banks of the Apalachicola River. A secondary loop trail (about forty-five minutes) is also located behind the Gregory House. Consult the park map. You’ve parked not too far from the Gregory House, also the ranger station.

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