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.
South County Road 39
Lithia, Florida 33547
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.
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.