GARDEN OF EDEN IN BRISTOL FLORIDA Lat-Long: 30.454700, -84.970433


The Appalachian mountains were pushed up leaving deep ravines in the lower end of the chain. These ravines are very idyllic. I have been there with Pastor Calloway and can report first hand that it is a special place. There is huge bio diversity in the ravines. Each ravine has a pure spring coming from it and in the afternoon I have seen streams turn into solid gold. Of course it was iron pyrite but when the sun hit on it in the afternoon visually the entire stream glittered gold. All of the Ravines lead down into one larger stream that comes out of the garden into the Apalachicola river. This river has four heads: Chattahoochee river, Fish pond creek river, Spring Creek river, Flint River.

Rediscovered by Pastor E.E. Callaway.  The Garden is now kept by the Florida bureau of Natural Resources and can be visited at will


In the area known geologically as “New” Appalachia, especially where there are softer limestone rocks that yield to the constant solution by water and weak acids, numerous caves are a distinctive feature of the physiography. The chief caverns lie within or border the Great Valley region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee. Caverns of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia provide well-known and dramatic examples of underground passages, rooms, watercourses, formations, and other cave features that honeycomb much of the land below central and southern Appalachia.

Located just south of Torreya State Park along CR 12, the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve can be reached from either SR 20 in Bristol (drive north on CR 12) or from I-10. Driving north from Bristol, go 1.6 miles to Garden of Eden Road, turn left at the sign, and continue 0.4 mile to the parking area. From I-10 exit 174, head south on CR 12 for 20.3 miles, passing Torreya State Park. Turn right at Garden of Eden Road. There are no facilities at the trailhead.