From high bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River to several deep ravines, Torreya State Park offers some of the prettiest and most diverse natural scenery anywhere in Florida. Named after an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on those riverside bluffs, this 13,735-acre state park is a paw-some place to explore with your canine companion and the whole family.
Dogs are welcome in designated areas of Torreya State Park, provided they're kept on a leash of six feet or less and are under control at all times. It's also your responsibility to clean up after your pet and ensure that they don't become a nuisance to other park users.
Follow these simple rules and you and your dog will have a wonderful time in Torreya State Park, where you'll find more outdoor activities than you can wag a tail at. The Apalachicola River was once a crucial interstate highway, but these days it forms the backdrop for many a beautiful hike through the park's grounds. The Weeping Ridge Trail lets you explore one of the park's many sizable ravines, and there's a total of 16 miles of hiking trails to help you take in the best of the park's natural features.
Fishing is another popular pastime in Torreya State Park, while bird-watchers frequent the park as they try to catch a glimpse of more than 100 different species. Historic Gregory House, a plantation home built in the 1840s, overlooks the river and can be explored on a guided tour.
The park also boasts a scenic campground with 30 sites for RV and tent camping. Pets are welcome on campsites, and while there's a yurt available as well, it doesn't welcome dogs. Torreya State Park features three, large picnic pavilions with BBQ grills and picnic tables provided.
Make sure you check it out if you're ever looking to go camping with your dog in northwestern Florida.