|Torreya State Park|
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
| View of the Apalachicola River from bluffs in Torreya State Park |
View of the Apalachicola River from bluffs
in Torreya State Park
|Location||Liberty County, Florida, USA|
|Nearest city||Bristol, FloridaNearest city: Bristol, Florida|
|Area||12,000 acres (49 km²)|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
Torreya State Park is a 12,000 acre (49 km²) Florida State Park, U.S. National Natural Landmark and historic site thirteen miles (19 km) north of Bristol. It is located north of S.R 12 on the Apalachicola River, in northwestern Florida, at 2576 N.W. Torreya Park Road. It was named for a rare species of Torreya tree which only grows on the river bluffs.
Geography[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Prior Native American inhabitation has been confirmed by archaeological discoveries in the area.
In 1818, General Andrew Jackson and his army crossed the Apalachicola here during the first Seminole Indian War. Ten years later, the first government road to cross the new Territory met the river here.
Gregory House[edit | edit source]
In 1849, Jason Gregory built a plantation at Ocheesee Landing, across from the park's current location. After the Civil War, like most plantations, it fell into disuse.
Not long after the Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933, they started work to create the park. Part of the project in 1935 was disassembling the old Gregory House, moving it across the river and reconstructing in the park, where it stands today.
Visitors can tour the Gregory House for a small fee.
Biology[edit | edit source]
Flora[edit | edit source]
The park is one of the few places in the country where the endangered Few-flowered croomia (Croomia pauciflora) can still be found.  Other endangered species in the park include the feathery false lily of the valley, Canadian honewort and bloodroot. With its location in the panhandle and large number and variety of hardwood trees (like beech, hickory, southern sugar maple, sourwood and sweetgum), the park provides the best view of fall colors in the state.
Fauna[edit | edit source]
Many animals can be seen in the park. Some of the mammals there include deer, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, fox, skunk, rabbit, bobcat and black bear. Dozens of species of birds can be viewed. Numerous species of amphibians and reptiles exist there as well, such as the Eastern Hognose Snake, gopher tortoises, and the rare Apalachicola dusky salamander.
Recreational Activities[edit | edit source]
The Apalachicola River Bluffs Trail, a National Recreational Trail, is part of the park.
References[edit | edit source]
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|40x40px||Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Torreya State Park|
- Torreya State Park at Florida State Parks
- Torreya State Park at State Parks
- Torreya State Park Trails at Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- A Special Place at A Glimpse of Florida
- Explore Southern History: Torreya State Park - includes information on Gregory House