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Torreya State Park is a 13,735 acre Florida State Park, U.S. National Natural Landmark and historic site thirteen miles north of Bristol. It is located north of S.R 12 on the Apalachicola River, in northwestern Florida, at 2576 N.W. Torreya Park Road.It was named for the Florida Nutmeg trees, a rare species of Torreya tree endemic to the local east bank of the Apalachicola River's limestone bluffs.GeographyWith river swamps and high pinelands, extensive ravines and high bluffs along the river, the park has one of the most variable terrains of any in Florida. The high elevation of the park is about 300 feet at the top of Logan Hill. Many streams run through the parkHistoryPrior Native American inhabitation has been confirmed by archaeological discoveries in the area.In 1818, General Andrew Jackson and his army crossed the Apalachicola here during the first Seminole Indian War. Ten years later, the first government road to cross the new Territory met the river here.

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