Torreya State Park, Liberty Co. (Russell Mick)

    Torreya State Park: This Is 'The Mountains' in Florida

    By Russell Mick

    High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya State Park one of Florida's most scenic places. Named for an extremely rare tree species that only grows nowhere else in the world, Torreya is popular for camping, hiking, picnicking and bird-watching — more than 100 species of birds have been spotted here. Forests of hardwood trees provide the finest display of fall color found in Florida.

    There are primitive campsites and a youth campground available, and visitors can take a ranger-guided tours of the Gregory House, a fully furnished plantation home built in 1849.