High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida’s most scenic places. Torreya State Park is a 13,735 acre Florida State Park, United States National Natural Landmark and historic site thirteen miles north of Bristol.
Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Torreya is popular for camping, hiking and picnicking. Bird-watching is also a popular activity. Over 100 species of birds have been spotted in the park.
Forests of hardwood trees provide the finest display of fall color found in Florida. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that grows only on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River.
Today, the park plays a critical role in preserving unique plant and animal species and natural communities that are of regional importance, and protecting the water quality of the Apalachicola River, which feeds the productive Apalachicola Bay.
The park’s high plateaus, steep bluffs and deep ravines are covered with a forest that harbors a variety of rare and endemic plants and animals, many of which are more common farther north than this location.
Although the landscape has changed since Hurricane Michael, the park continues to provide the public with exceptional scenic vistas, limited hiking opportunities as well as attractive camping and picnicking areas.
Address: 2576 NW Torreya Park Rd, Bristol, Florida 32321
Coordinates: 30.5665° N, 84.9478° W