Garden of Eden Trail | Family Hike to the Apalachicola River

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WFSU Ecology Producer Rob Diaz de Villegas and his family hike the Garden of Eden Trail through biologically and geologically unique steephead ravines, a recently burned longleaf forest, and up to Florida’s highest river bluff. The Garden of Eden of Eden Trail is on The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.

After a few weeks of isolation, we’re ready to go out and see something. Something big. Having produced a few segments on the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines region lately, I’ve come to realize that it’s been a few years since we’ve had a family adventure there. Those outings had taken place in Torreya State Park. But now, I wanted the boys to see Alum Bluff, and steephead ravines. So I convinced Amy that we had to hike the Garden of Eden Trail.

(Left to right) Max, Rob, and Xavi stand overlooking the Apalachicola River, behind the Gregory House.
Left to right: Max (aged 4), Rob, and Xavi (1) stand overlooking the Apalachicola River, behind the Gregory House at Torreya State Park. Photo taken by Amy in December 2015.

The trail runs through The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP). Torreya and ABRP protect geologically and biologically unique steephead ravines, and the highest river bluffs in Florida. And both are restoring the native sandhills habitat in the uplands around the ravines. The Garden of Eden Trail lets you see all of that in a less-than-four-mile hike.