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Alafia River State Park

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Alafia is a full-service state park with restrooms, paved roads, pavilions, BBQs, bike wash, hiking trails, kayak launch, equestrian trails, full hook-up camp sites (some are horse friendly), horse stables and many miles of mowed equestrian riding paths. Alafia is a really big park - with only a small part in the 80year old phosphate mining section which created the unique terrain within the park.

Because there is camping, the park is open 24hrs/day which means campers can night-ride anytime. Riders who buy a state park pass ($65) obtain an early-bird-gate-code which expires every 6 months. Riders can then enter early which means any time after 9 pm till 8 am when the front gate opens for business.

Visiting Tips

It's summer here 365 days/year! The only time it is not very nice here is during the summer monsoon season (July-Sept) when it's 95° and 98% humidity. Due to great efforts of local trail stewards who have worked very hard to fix the trails to drain well, the trails hold up nicely during summer monsoons. That said, the flat/Novice trails (RiverLoop and RockGarden) are mostly underwater in the summer, but SandPine is mostly flat sand and is the best to ride in the summer.

Food & Drink

This state park is out in the middle of nowhere! Most visitors either camp or hotel in Brandon where there are many stores, restaurants and huge malls.

Recommended Routes in Alafia River State Park - 1

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Favorite A twisted descent on a hard option of Rollercoast that cost me six weeks off the bike when I face planted instead of successfully navigating the bottom.
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The Best of Alafia River State Park

8.5 mi 13.7 km 133' Up 40.62 m Up 132' Down 40.11 m Down

Lithia, FL

Alafia River State Park Biking

  • 24 Miles 39 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 4 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 7 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 6 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Alafia River State Park - 16

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2.1 mi 3.4 km #1Rollercoaster
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.9 mi 3.0 km #2North Creek Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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0.9 mi 1.5 km #3Moonscape
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0.3 mi 0.5 km #4Spitfire
Difficult
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0.3 mi 0.5 km #5Gravitron
Very Difficult
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Very Difficult
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0.4 mi 0.7 km #6StarDust
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0.7 mi 1.2 km #7Gatorback
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #8Doom
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #9North Bridges
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
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0.6 mi 1.0 km #10Bridges
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
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Photos of Alafia River State Park - 47

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Take a lap on Gravitron with this 12-year-old shredder!
Apr 28, 2016 near Lithia, FL
A twisted descent on a hard option of Rollercoast that cost me six weeks off the bike when I face planted instead of successfully navigating the bottom.
Jun 18, 2015 near Lithia, FL
Last bridge on north creek right before Buzzard Bay.
Oct 3, 2016 near Lithia, FL
Shelly's Loop has a really fun descent across a curved bridge.
Oct 3, 2016 near Lithia, FL
First drop of Twisted Sister.
Oct 3, 2016 near Lithia, FL
Last hard trail option on Roller Coaster.
Oct 3, 2016 near Lithia, FL
The slopes of the hard option off of Rollercoaster.
Jun 21, 2017 near Lithia, FL
Down the steps and around the bend I go on the North Creek Trail.
Jan 12, 2017 near Lithia, FL