Alafia River Loop Trail

  • Hiking in Alafia River State Park in Florida.

Hiking

Dogs Yes

Mountain Biking

Equestrians

Bird Watching

lake

14 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

~100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Florida

Alafia State Park Trail is a tough hike near Tampa, Florida. This hike is dog, mountain bike and horse friendly. It may be a bit long for small kids. The park says "Alafia River offers over 20 miles of hiking that is shared with horseback riders. You can start with the one mile loop called the Old Agrico Hiking Trail. There are an additional 7.8 miles of easy off-road mountain bicycle trails that are available for hiking." There is camping available in Alafia River State Park. There is backcountry camping available in Alafia River State Park.

History

Alafia River State Park is a former phosphate mine. The reclaimed mine altered the landscape and created new landforms such as several small lakes and steep grades popular with off-road bicyclists who enjoy challenging trails. A bottomland forest bordering the South Prong of the Alafia River was protected from mining. This prong of the river is a blackwater stream. The park's 6,312 acres were donated to the State in 1996 by Cytec Industries. The mine was called Lonesome Mine, named after the nearby community of Fort Lonesome, a site which was a frontier outpost of the U.S. Army during the Third Seminole War.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Alafia River State Park 14326 South County Road 39 Lithia, Florida 33547

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