This will take place at the Nature Conservancy's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.
Join our November speaker, Todd Engstrom, for a hike on the well-known Garden of Eden trail to search for birds, unusual ecosystems, and scenic views. The trail can be steep in places and is 3.75 miles round trip.
The trail takes you through an enchanting area that local legend claims is the original Garden of Eden. Beginning in longleaf pine/wiregrass uplands, the trail soon skirts the top of a dramatic steephead ravine, descends steeply through the slope forest to cross a seepage stream and then ascends the slope forest back to sandhills. Eventually, it opens to a spectacular view at Alum Bluff. At 135 feet above the Apalachicola River, Alum Bluff is the largest natural geological exposure in Florida.
Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. EST in the parking lot for the trailhead, just north of Bristol, Florida (Directions below, link to map on the left.) For more information, visit the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Take I-10 west to exit 174
- Turn left on State Road 12 and continue for 20.3 miles (turning left at the blinking light in Greensboro). As you near Bristol, look for at large "Apalachicola Bluffs — Garden of Eden Trail" sign on your right.
- Turn right on Garden of Eden Road. Travel 0.4 miles to the trailhead.
- From State Road 20 in Bristol, take State Road 12 east (toward Greensboro) 1.6 miles to Garden of Eden Road. There is a large "Apalachicola Bluffs — Garden of Eden Trail" sign on the left.
- Turn left on Garden of Eden Road. Travel 0.4 miles to the trailhead.