Friday, March 14, 2008
Spring at Torreya State Park
If you are looking for a great place to get out and enjoy the spring weather over the next few weeks, Torreya State Park in neighboring Gadsden County is one of the most fascinating places in our area.
The spring blooms are beginning to come out at Torreya and things are starting to green up nicely.
The park is named for the extremely rare Florida Torreya tree. When first discovered by botonist Hardy Bryan Croom in 1835, the Torreya grew in magnificent groves along the Apalachicola River valley. From an estimated 600,000 trees in 1835, the Torreya population has fallen to a mere 200 today. Many of the surviving trees can be seen at Torreya State Park.
The park also features the historic Gregory House, an 1849 antebellum mansion that originally stood at Ocheese Landing. Just down the hill from the house are the surviving earthworks of a Confederate artillery battery constructed during the Civil War.
The park is located between Chattahoochee and Bristol and is easy to find (just follow the brown signs from pretty much any direction). To reach it from I-10, just head east and exit at the Chattahoochee exit and follow the signs. To learn more and see additional pictures, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/torreyastatepark.