Torreya Trail

Torreya State Park, Florida

Distance6.2mi
Elevation Gain2,477ft
Trailhead Elevation237ft
Top273ft
Elevation Min/Max47/273ft
Elevation Start/End237/237ft

Torreya Trail

Torreya Trail is a hiking trail in Liberty County, Florida. It is within Torreya State Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 237 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,477 feet. Near the trailhead there are drinking water and an information guidepost. The Rock Bluff Primitve Camp site can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Rock Creek Primitive Camp Trail and Torreya Challenge Trail.

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3/9/2010
The trail was amazing. Best hills (bluffs) I have ever seen in Florida.

There were tons of little brooks and small wooden bridges. We hiked the one loop and camped over night. There was firewood a few minutes away from the trail on a donation basis to make it easier. We toured the Gregory House the next morning - beware your cell phone pulls from a tower in the wrong time zone so you'll need to be there at 9AM for the 10AM tour if you use a phone as a watch.

The next day we did the challenge trail which was a little more hilly but not a nice to look at.
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2/27/2010
Great trail! Nice mix of vegetation - lots to see here. Great views of the river. Moderate challenge on the hills but definitely doable if you are in reasonably good shape. We'll be back for this one a lot.
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11/24/2009
My family and i have hiked frequently in the Georgia app mountains....And, as a Tampa resident, i was very excited to come upon this truly unique park....Legitimate elevation changes, and beautiful views made us believe we had been transported to another place. Truly a lovely park
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9/1/2008
This was a much more challenging tral than I had expected. Trail condition was good, but recent weather made some of the trail unpassable due to downed trees. There were three times that finding the trail was fairly difficult. All in all a great experence.
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6/23/2008
This beautiful hike caught me off guard with it's constant up and down terrain. They call this area the Florida Appalachian Mountains, an exaggeration, but compared to all the Florida Trails I have hiked this was mountainous, high bluffs actually. Beautiful views of river and a preserved homestead. I got into some distress, not enough water or food, after the hike and the park employees were fantastic! A great 3 or 4 hour Florida hike. Not the Florida we Tampa Bay people are use to.
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3/13/2003
Surprisingly challenging, but lovely. Very interesting plant life and some gorgeous views of the Appalachicola river from the bluffs. This is the closest to mountainous terrain you'll find in Florida, and local hikers with Appalachian Trail aspirations train here. The park is especially stunning when spring wildflowers are in bloom, from the first little violets and redbuds in February to the wild azaleas and magnolias in April. The older loop, described above, covers a nice variety of terrain, from upland pine forest to hardwood hammock to swamp, and even a brief section of eroded red clay and sandstone that looks like something from a Road Runner cartoon. For some extra legwork, there is a newer 7.5 mile "challenge" loop. Both loops can hiked in single day, with some planning, but it's a more pleasant trip to hike into one of the nice, quiet, primitive campsites and make a weekend out of it.
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4/1/1999
This park has it all! First of all, half of it is a dedicated Bald Eagle nesting zone and is closed for part of the year (unfortunately it was closed when I went to hike it) and it has some of the toughest terrain you will encounter in Florida. However, that tough terrain only lasts for about a 1/4 mile climb, but the elevation gain is equivalent to that of mountains of the Appalachian chain.
While you are making a circuit of the park, be sure to stop at the ranger station to take in some of the history that arose in this area. For instance, it was a key location for Confederate soldiers defending the Apalachicola(?) river and you can still see some of the gun emplacements.
While you are in the park, you also have the opportunity to stay at one of two primitive campsites or you can overnight in the campground with full facilities.
It is a wonderfully shaded hike and there are several meadows where you can enjoy wildflowers in full bloom. I highly recommend it!
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