2008 Florida Morel Foray/ Expedition

     Come and join Chris Matherly in The Panhandle of Florida for the 2008 Morel Mushroom Hunting Club's Florida Morel Expedition/ Discovery. I have decided to once and for all burry the question of "Do Morels Grow In Florida"? The deep ravines and hardwood forests of this park would be ideal conditions for Morels, if they were there. It is the best possible area in the State that they may grow naturally. I will be leading our group through the Park's trails, set out looking in a very particular type of spot that Morels may be located at, under giant Poplar trees. This park already contains many rare plant species, especially for Florida such as Bloodroot and Trillium. I have the timing about pegged so I expect the best. I really think they may be hiding there, waiting to be discovered! Be a part of the discovery team, as this will be the find of a lifetime! Actual documented Morels growing in Florida! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so make sure you register immediately, as it will be on a first come first served basis, and limited to the first 10 registrants.

Morchella deliciosa is the probably species to be found here.

What is included?

* Friday Night Meet and Chat

* 1- Day of Morel-discovery hunting.

* Lunch and drinks

* A very nice Morel Club T-Shirt.

* A DVD movie of our foray and events.

* And best of all- A Steak and Morel  Feast, including Fried Morels, Cream Of Morel Soup, and a special Italian dish- Fettuccini Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Morels!

* Assistance with Park Lodging/Camping or finding a Hotel.

Where:   To be held at Torreya State Park, NW of Tallahassee, FL

When: Saturday March 8th 2008

Deadline for registration: March 1st, 2008(full payment must be received by this date)

Flowers seen at the park- if these grow here, Morels should also!


8:00 AM Saturday- Begin the hunt!

Packed sandwiches for lunch at 11:30 AM

More hunting until about 4:00 PM.

Shelter Reserved for our cook-out/ steak and mushroom feast. Until about 6:00 PM

Please note, I will be bringing my own stock of various wild mushrooms for the feast, and teaching you a few recipes. The amazing dinner will happen regardless of what we find! Don't miss being a part of the soon to be famous group that discovers Morels in Florida! This is a one day event.

Above are several Foray Groups guided by Chris Matherly in 2007

Other Info About The Park:

Plant Life

The park is named for a species of rare Torreya tree that occurs only on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River. This once plentiful tree was nearly destroyed by disease in the early 1960s and may be doomed to extinction. Other rare plants found in the park include the Florida yew tree and the U.S. Champion winged elm. The forests of the park include river swamps, hardwood hammocks and high pinelands. Each community contains a different set of trees, shrubs and wildflowers which offer variety during each season of the year. The bluffs and ravines are forested by many hardwood trees that commonly occur in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia. These hardwoods provide the finest display of fall color found in Florida.


Over 100 species of unique and colorful birds may be seen throughout the area. An array of animals commonly found in the park include deer, beaver, bobcat, gray fox and the unusual Barbours map turtle.

For primitive backpack camping, youth group camping or general park information please call the park office at 850-643-2674

Welcome to Torreya State Park

High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida's most scenic places. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River. Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Torreya is popular for camping, hiking, and picnicking. Bird-watching is also a popular activity. Over 100 species of birds have been spotted in the park. Forests of hardwood trees provide the finest display of fall color found in Florida. The main campground offers full-facility campsites and a YURT (Year-round Universal Recreational Tent). Primitive campsites and a youth campground are also available. Ranger-guided tours of the Gregory House, a fully furnished plantation home built in 1849, are given at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. on weekends and state holidays. Located west on County Road 1641 off State Road 12, 13 miles north of Bristol.

Contact the Florida Park Service Information Center for general inquiries.
For Information about Torreya State Park, please call 850-643-2674.

Florida Morel, where are you hiding?


One Person Single- $100.00

Two Person Couple- $195.00

Requirements: Simply be a current member of the Morel Mushroom Hunting Club-

If you want to attend and are not a member yet, simply click the button below, fill out the join form, and I will immediately process your membership. Then come back to this page and make your payment below through Paypal, and you are registered! If mailing in a check, you will need to email me, and I will call you and get details over the phone! See you in the WOODS!


Prices: (Covers costs of facility rentals/ food/ T-Shirts/ DVD's)

New Option- Pay a $50.00 Deposit per person, and we will hold your spot. You will be required to pay in full before the deadline though. Hope this helps you out! If more than one in your group is going, please change quantity in appropriate box, it will be a $50.00 deposit for each person.

50.00 Deposit

You can mail a check, but Paypal is preferred. If mailing a check, email me first to let me know your situation, so that I can go ahead and get you registered. I must have your telephone number so that I can call you.

Questions? You can call me on my cell at (478) 318-2794, or email me.


This event will book rapidly so I urge you to not delay and register now!