|Published: January 2010|
Torreya State Park, Florida
Torreya State Park, located just over an hour west of Tallahassee and thirteen miles north of the small town of Bristol, could be considered one of the most unique parks in the whole of Florida. Its very creation was based upon the fact that it is home to a rare species of Torreya pine trees which grow on the bluffs of the Apalachicola River. But its uniqueness does not end there. With river swamps and high pinelands, extensive ravines and high bluffs along the river, the park has one of the most variable and therefore most beautiful terrains in the whole of Florida.
Whether you fancy a day trip to enjoy the beautiful vistas or maybe a few days away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Torreya has much to offer. The park has such amenities as birding, boating, hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. There is also the rather beautiful Gregory Mansion House which has panoramic views of the Apalachicola River. The house nestles so comfortably there now that you could be fooled into thinking that it has always lived there. Not so! Home to the Gregory family, it was built on the other side of the river in the mid 19th century, lived in until after the civil war when the plantation fell into disuse. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps disassembled the house and transported it to Torreya, lock stock and barrel to where it stands today. The house is open for tours every weekday at 10am and on weekends 10am, 2pm and 4pm. Well worth the $3.00 entrance fee!
Where to stay? Well the park houses an extensive campground, but if you fancy accommodation of a slightly more upscale nature which does not stretch the purse strings, you could not do any better than stay at the only YURT in Florida-a fully furnished, air conditioned and heated cabin which sleeps five. Just bring cooking equipment and bedding and make sure you book early. The price of $40.00 a night makes this very unique YURT a popular weekend destination for local Tallahassee residents.
So what are you waiting for? Go “spend some quality time in the mountains of Florida!”*
*Quote from Torreya State Park’s main page
$3.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Gregory House Tour
$3.00 per adult.
$2.00 per child, 12 and under.
$16.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity
$40.00 per night, plus tax.
Picnic Pavilion Fees
$40.00 per day, plus tax: Pavilions seats 80 people. Fees do not cover park entrance fees.
2576 N.W. Torreya Park Road
Bristol, Florida 32321
Phone: (850) 643-2674
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