A Florida Garden of Eden — possibly the original garden from the Bible featuring Adam and Eve, a snake, and some fruit — might be right here in Florida. While we can’t say for sure this is true, a man named Elvin Callaway believed he had found the birthplace of man in the town of Bristol in Northwest Florida. He based his discovery on the fact that the Apalachicola River splits into rivers, like the one described in the book of Genesis that watered the Garden of Eden. He also pointed to the rare Torreya tree, which only grows in a small area along the bluffs of the Apalachicola. The Torreya is also called gopher wood, which is mentioned in the Bible as the wood used by Noah for the Ark. Let’s take a look at this Garden of Eden Florida.

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The Florida Garden of Eden is an interesting place. You can listen to an interview of the author on the Florida Memory website. Have you ever hiked this trail? What do you think of Callaway’s theory? Please let us know in the comments below.

For more outdoor fun in Bristol with camping, visit Torreya State Park for a night of glamping in a yurt, or bring an RV. If you don’t have one, that is not a problem with RVshare.

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