Hiking The Alafia River State Park

The 34th most popular hiking trail in Florida.

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East of Tampa and Brandon, the 6,000 acre Alafia River State Park has miles of trails shared by hikers, bikers and equestrians. As the property was all once phosphate mines and has since been reclaimed it offers terrain not usually seen in Florida.

To reach the trailhead from US75, use Exit 51 (SR60). Head east on SR 60 through Brandon for 12 miles to CR39. Head south on CR39 for 13 miles to the park entrance on the left.

Riders can enjoy a relaxing day of approximately 20 miles of equestrian trails. The horse trails are well marked and wind around lakes, over hills and through wooded areas. The blue trail is a perimeter loop, the white trail runs north and south, the green trail runs east and west, and the yellow trail is an island loop. The equestrian trails would not have been possible without the assistance and dedicated volunteers of the Triple B Riding Club.

Overall, Alafia River State Park is the 34th most popular hiking trail of all 43 hikes in Florida. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Alafia River State Park including Caladesi Island State Park, Paynes Creek State Park and Arbuckle Tract Trail.


Local Contact(s):  ARSP (813) 672-5132; Florida Visitor Information (850) 488-5607.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Florida" from Timothy Okeefe

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  State Park Campground

Luxury Loding:  State Park Cabins

Reference Source:  click here https://floridadep.gov/parks/

GPS:  27.75542, -82.14597

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  8/19/2016

ID:  14632


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