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Alafia River State Park, Lithia

4.6
#117 of 183 in Nature in Florida
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.Recreational ActivitiesThe park has such amenities as bicycling, birding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horse trails, picnicking areas, wildlife viewing and full camping facilities. Especially known for its mountain biking, it has advanced trails in an area of the park that was once a phosphorus strip mine. The forest has grown back. The mine was abandoned before remediation laws took effect, and the area where mountain biking exists is an erratic mixture of pond depressions and abrupt hills jutting from the surface.References and external links Alafia River State Park at Florida State Parks Alafia River Watershed
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  • Beautiful place to enjoy some great mountain bike or horse trails. Friendly Rangers. Excellent Camping!  more »
  • My husband and I had never been mountain biking before. We had a blast! We stayed with the green trails (easy) and tried a couple of blue trails (intermediate) for fun. The trails were really well mai...  more »
  • This is a very nice quiet park.....a lot of the sites are pull thru's......No sewers yet.....but hopefully as the other parks have done they too will come here...  more »
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  • This was an excellent and interesting park. I got pretty intimately acquainted with the place running a trail Ragnar here. I have seen almost every trail and they are all awesome. I would be a lot of fun to take your mountain bike here. The camping was easy although it rained really hard during the race. The trails, although muddy, held up to the poor weather. Cool place for people with outdoor hobbies.
  • Great hiking trails. The topography of this park is unique with its hilly terrain. The scenery made me think of a rainforest with large groups of ferns next to flowing creeks and lakes. The wildflowers were beautiful. Their was a playground there for our five year old but I wouldn't recommend some of the trails for kids under five. Some of the terrain was quite steep.
  • Having lived here in Lithia for 12 years, I feel almost embarrassed to say, today was our first visit to this fabulous hidden gem. A modest fee at the gate opens almost limitless choices of recreation. Including camping, hiking, horse back riding and more! We met up with our party at shelter number one for a picnic. After lunch we all spread out and explored the offerings of this great place. Clean restrooms, bike rentals, and water available. Parking seemed to be limited. The geography of this piece of ground is fascinating. Being an old phosphate mine, the diggings and tailings piles, literally seem to make zero sense. It is amazing to see nature reclaim the stripped earth, to a diverse and beautiful place. Fresh water streams, seem to trickle out of know where and meander through a few excavations. We will certainly be back to further explore and hike this piece of Florida wilderness.
  • Miles of great hiking trails. Wandered around for a couple hours walking up the hilly terrain and by rivers and lakes. Careful, as it's easy to find yourself on a mountain bike only trail if you aren't paying close attention. No parks with its geography and hills nearby. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is there the constant sound of gunshots in the distance as their is a gun range nearby.
  • The best of the best trail in south Florida. You can find trails for all levels from novice to super expert. All the trails are made it with a lot of flow. Every time I visit alafia I stay there for more than 8 hours riding more than once every trail. I loved

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