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Alafia River State Park, Lithia

(4.5/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Well marked trails with great variety in difficulty. Easy to stay within your comfort level. Beautiful scenery! Mostly shaded single track, but some jeep type trails as connectors. Some wooden bridges...  more »
  • Fun cycling and hiking here. Bathrooms are always clean. Plenty of trees offering shade from our hot Florida sun! Great in our cooler months! 
  • Great trails, excellent staff. Great campground, with paved sites, newer fire rings, and clean, well stocked shower rooms. 
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  • It looks like a great place for bikes but not so friendly for general hikers. Only a small trail for hikers only and it's tight. There are tons of other trails out there but those on bikes tend to haul butt around the corners so u dont want to be walking with a dog when that happens. Nothing against the park its just more geared towards biking. The small trail we used had some nice terrain to climb up and down...dogs had a blast. Bring bug spary as the area is swampy and the skeeters are out en force. Nice and shady hike though. Will prolly be back to check the other trails out but without the dogs
  • Very Nice State Park, Beautiful grounds well kept. Lots of hiking trails and Bike trails. Shaded sites that are paved. Fire pits and picnic tables. 50 amp service for Motorhomes. You will enjoy if you visit.
  • One of the best MTB parks on Florida. Staff that works there is very helpfull
  • Great park trails are pretty clean i did see a few bottles here and there but not clustered together. Amazing bike trails as well as trails for horses. One thing i didnt like i wish the maps and signs would be more clear. U could easly take a wrong turn or get lost if u dont carry a map, the map has a lot of numbers and marks but no description so it can be confusing. Other then that it was amazing wide trails and narrow trails for bikes spent a few hrs hiking and loved it will be coming back for sure. Saw a deer, 3 big turtles and plenty of frogs near ponds. Be ware no entering the river nor ponds they have gators. Had fun tho
  • Groomed trails. Best place to ride.