Manager's Message

Manager's Message Torreya State Park

Jason Vickery, Park Manager  

I first visited Torreya State Park on an elementary school field trip in 1985 traveling from Panama City. I remember there being a lot of hills while hiking and that the views were nothing I had seen before as a young child. My recollection as a child is spot on even as an adult, and now manager of this unique state park!

Torreya State Park is located on some of the highest elevations in the entire state, and contains deep steephead ravine systems that house a diverse variety of plants and animals. The bluffs and ravines along this section of the Apalachicola River make for excellent photography as well as a hiking destination.

The hiking is fantastic and challenging due to the terrain and topographical changes. Some visitors come here to train for their upcoming Appalachian Trail endeavor! Whether you want to stay in a tent, RV, Cracker Cabin, Yurts or backcountry primitive camp there is an option for everyone.

Not only will hikers and nature enthusiasts love it here, but history fanatics will find its Civil War, 1849 Gregory House, and its Civilian Conservation Corps occupation equally mesmerizing. I am in hopes that you will find Torreya as interesting and memorable as I have, it truly is a gem!

The park staff and I welcome your visit and look forward to meeting you.