Category Archives: Ecotourism & Outdoors

Weeping Ridge Falls at Torreya State Park in Liberty County, Florida

WeepingRidge304x237Florida may not be known for waterfalls but some real jewels are tucked away in the northern part of the state.

Weeping Ridge Falls are often overlooked by visitors to stunning Torreya State Park, but the small waterfall was very pretty when we stopped by for a look today!

Enjoy this video visit to the falls then be sure to scroll down for photos and more information about the Weeping Ridge Trail and Falls:

Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Wildflower in bloom.
Wildflower in bloom.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.

If you enjoyed our visit to Weeping Ridge Falls, you might also enjoy this look at a rare Florida Yew tree growing at Torreya State Park:

Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee, Florida

AngusGholson209x209The Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee is home to a remarkable system of hiking trails that take you along the magnificent bluffs and ravines of the upper Apalachicola River.

The park is located just off Morgan Avenue in Chattahoochee and offers picnicking and restrooms in addition to the beautiful trails.

These unique formations are home to some of the rarest trees and plants in the world including the Florida Torreya and Florida Yew:

You might also enjoy this look at a Florida Yew, one of the rarest trees or shrubs in the world:

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Chattahoochee Park in Gordon, Alabama

Chattahoochee Park, often called Chattahoochee State Park, is near the town of Gordon in the very Southeast corner of Alabama. Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad takes you there:

The park is open 365 days per year and charges an admission fee of $2 per person. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/ChattPark.

 

 

Wedding Oak at Prospect Bluff in Apalachicola National Forest of Florida

The historic Wedding Oak at Fort Gadsden in the Apalachicola National Forest is not Florida’s oldest tree, but this beautiful old live oak has a remarkable history:

Fort Gadsden is now part of Prospect Bluff Historic Sites in the Apalachicola National Forest. The park is located near Sumatra, Florida.

Please click here for directions and to make sure the site is open before visiting.

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Blue Springs State Park near Clio, Alabama

Alabama’s Blue Springs State Park is known for two large pools fed by a natural spring that pours out 3,600 gallons of water per minute. The spring is an important source of water for the Choctawhatchee River.

Blue Springs State Park is open 365 days per year. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Oct. 1-Feb. 28) and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (March 1 – Sept. 30). Admission is $4 per person (ages 12-61), $1 for seniors (62+), $1 for kids (4-11) and free for kids 3 and under.

To learn more, please visit http://alapark.com/blue-springs-state-park.

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Providence Canyon – A visit to Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area is a state park in Southwest Georgia that preserves one of the most unique geological areas in the South:

The park is open 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time from September 15-April 14 and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from April 15-September 14. The visitor center is open on weekends from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area near Lumpkin, Georgia.
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area near Lumpkin, Georgia.

The cost to visit is $5 per vehicle.

In addition to the canyons, the park offers picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, 3 Pioneer Campsites and 6 Backcountry Campsites. Pull-in camping with hookups is available at nearby Florence Marina State Park.

Providence Canyon State Park is located at 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815. GPS: N 32.064445 | W -84.921913.

More information: www.exploresouthernhistory.com or www.gastateparks.org.

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Adventure into Old Indian Cave

Historic Old Indian Cave is part of Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida. The cave has been closed to the public for nearly 50 years but Two Egg TV obtained special permission to crawl inside for a look:

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The Florida yew: In search of one of the world’s rarest trees

The Florida yew, which grows only in a tiny area of bluffs and ravines along the Apalachicola River, is one of the rarest trees in the world. Critically endangered, it might hold the secrets to battling one of the deadliest of human illnesses – cancer. The bark of the Florida yew is a source of the cancer-fighting compound taxol, which has been used to battle breast cancer, ovarian cancer, lukemia and kidney disease.

Two Egg TV went in search of one of these rare trees.

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Courthouse Trees can be saved for under $5,000

Historic live oak at the Jackson County Courthouse in Marianna, Florida.
Historic live oak at the Jackson County Courthouse in Marianna, Florida.

Guy Meilleur, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, says his firm can save the historic trees at the Jackson County Courthouse for less than $5,000.

The amount is stunningly small in light of the estimate of more than $37,000 previously announced by the Board of County Commissioners.

The massive Fairchild Oak at Bulow Creek State Park.
The massive Fairchild Oak at Bulow Creek State Park.

Meilleur’s firm, Historic Tree Care, specializes in saving and caring for historic trees throughout the South. He has worked on the famed oak tree “The President” at the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind in St. Augustine and the “Fairchild Oak” at Bulow Creek State Park in Ormond Beach, as well as historic trees in Andersonville, Georgia, and numerous other locations.

Battle of Marianna reenactment under the oaks at Courthouse Square.
Battle of Marianna reenactment under the oaks at Courthouse Square.

How did Jackson County wind up with a proposal that quoted a price more than 700% higher than the estimate from a recognized authority on historic trees?

Meilleur indicates that the initial proposal given to the county by a Tallahassee firm includes a number of elements that he does not consider necessary.  “I saw nothing that indicated a need for tree removal or soil treatments or cables or lightning systems,” he wrote.

He indicated that pruning would reduce overextended limbs on all of the trees to help assure public safety and the future health of the trees themselves.

At their last meeting, the county commissioners voted to receive estimates for removing the trees. They indicate that they did so only to find out how much it would cost. The commission is scheduled to meet again tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 5/24) at 6 p.m., but the tree issue is not on their published agenda. This does not mean that they will not discuss the matter, only that no prior notice has been given to the public of plans to discuss it.

Meilleur has delivered his proposal to interim county administrator Pam Pichard.

His firm’s website is www.historictreecare.com.

Falling Creek Falls in Lake City, Florida

Falling Creek Falls is an unexpected but absolutely beautiful little waterfall in Lake City, Florida. Just minutes from Interstate 10, it is a great place to stop for a walk while traveling across North Florida.

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