Torreya State Park, situated along the bluffs of the Apalachicola River, is known for its hardwood forest and ravines. The park is named for an imperiled species of trees, which only occurs naturally along the Apalachicola River. The fall colors of the deep ravine have long brought visitors to the area. However, now many of those trees now lie on the forest floor. High winds from Hurricane Michael took down trees, damaged buildings and blocked roads. Florida State Parks recovery teams cut a path into the park when they arrived. The campgrounds and trails were buried under debris. Teams continue to clear areas so the park can reopen and visitors can experience the new vistas and a changed landscape.
Recovery teams use heavy equipment clear park roads.
Recovery teams cut through massive amounts of downed trees and tangled branches to clear areas of the park.
Park staff report that many of the imperiled Torreya trees came through the storm, though some are leaning. The park plans to do a full assessment of the trees within the next few weeks.
Structures were damaged by the high winds and fallen trees.
The grounds of the historic Gregory House were covered with fallen trees and branches. The house sustained minor damage, including some broken windows.
Views of the Apalachicola River were opened by the many downed trees.