Torreya State Park
High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida's most scenic places. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River. 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.
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 rich forests that harbor a variety of rare and endemic plants and animals, many of which are more common further north than this location. As in the past, the park continues to provide the public with exceptional scenic vistas and challenging hiking terrain as well as attractive camping and picnicking areas.
The park offers 29 campsites, 1 Cracker Cabin, 1 YURT, 3 Primitive Backpack sites, 2 Youth Camps, Picnic Area with Pavilions and 16 miles of hiking trails. Tours of the Gregory House are offered at 10 a.m., EST on weekdays and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., EST on weekends and state holidays.