City of Bristol, Florida

Bristol is a small city, covering less than than two square miles and home to fewer than a thousand residents. It is the county seat of Liberty County.

The Apalachicola River is an essential ecosystem for Florida's oysters and tree species. The geologic landscape in Bristol, Florida contains a lot of limestone. As the Apalachicola carves through the limestone, it exposes tall bluffs. In this unique landscape, a rare tree species thrives, the Florida Torreya (torreya taxifolia). Early residents coined these trees "stinking cedar" for their smell, but a botanist renamed the tree in the 1800s to what it is known as today. Also called the Florida Nutmeg, this tree is incredibly rare and only found here in Liberty County and in scattered sections of Eastern Asia. Keep an eye out for these evergreens on the trails throughout the park.

 

Fall foliage growing out of limestone bluff on the Apalachicola River.