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Alafia River State Park

Alafia River State Park is a Florida State Park, located in Hillsborough County in central Florida, 10 miles southeast of Tampa on County Road 39.

Alafia River State Park, Florida14326 South County Road 39
Lithia, Florida 33547

Phone: 813-672-5320

Elevation: 39 feet


This park offers some of the most challenging off-road bicycling trails in Florida. Once the site of a phosphate mine, the reclaimed land has unique topography that offers some of the most radical elevation changes in Florida.  Equestrians and hikers can explore 20 miles of trails that travel through mixed hardwood forests, pine flatwoods, and rolling hills.

Bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts will delight in the abundance of wildlife along the trails. Scattered lakes and the south prong of the Alafia River provide opportunities for canoeing and fishing. Picnic pavilions, a playground, horseshoe pit, and volleyball court are available. For overnight stays, the park has a full-facility campground and equestrian friendly campsites. Located 10 miles southeast of Tampa on County Road 39.

Recreational Activities

The park has such amenities as bicycling, birding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horse trails, picnicking areas, wildlife viewing and full camping facilities. This park is especially great for mountain bikers as a Mountain bike club has developed a great amount of advanced trails. It should be noted that this area was once a phosphorus strip mine. This mine was abandoned before remediation laws took effect so the area where mountain biking exists is an erratic mixture of pond depressions and abrupt hills jutting out from the surface.  The 'jungle' has grown back over the surface area of course.

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