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APR. 27 (S) – 8:45 -TORREYA CHALLENGE HIKE: TORREYA STATE PARK - Join me for an 8-mile challenge hike with steep inclines and declines at Torreya State Park. This is a strenuous hike, so come prepared. This is a great opportunity to motivate yourself for the mountainous hikes on the May Waterfalls and Highlanders Trip in north Georgia.

We’ll take the main route from the parking lot and switch over to the challenge loop and then return. We will rest for 5-10 minutes, as needed, at the approximate 2-mile points. If desired, we can explore the Gregory House after the hike. FEE: $3 park entrance. Bring lots of water and some snacks, wear comfortable shoes, and apply insect repellent and sunscreen as needed. Meet in the main parking lot. Meet at 8:45am for sign-in and instructions, and hike at 9:00 AM sharp.

The alternate, in case Torreya Challenge is not yet open, will be the Garden of Eden Trail ( at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve. Check back here for the update.

Carpool option available: Be ready to leave the Home Depot (Capital Circle NW) parking lot at 7:45 AM. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the hike. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last-minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], or [masked].

The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects, and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Level: “L” Leisurely (1-2 mph walking pace), “M” Moderately difficult (2-3 mph walking pace), “S” Strenuous (3-4+ mph walking pace)