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 and 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.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Rick's Custom Meats Great cuts of meat @ great prices. Rick will even break down your meats into individual pounds, saves time & foil!!
10252 SR 39 S, Lithia FL — (813) 737-6776
Outback Steakhouse Ask for Alec as your server! Excellent service!
SUBWAY They don't
Beef O'Brady's The Beef's in Valrico is better.
Fishhawk Pizzeria Garlic Knots & $1.00 drafts!!
Goodson Farms, Inc. - Produce Market Wonderful strawberries and produce. A must!
12405 County Rd 672, Balm FL — (813) 634-7790
Samurai Sushi Good for local sushi. Excellent prices. Will order in for cheap good sushi but not a fan of the rice they use.
The Brunchery Best grits in town!
4389 Lynx Paw Trl, Valrico FL — (813) 654-9036
Caffe Italia Everything. Homemade Italian food with large portions. Including the deserts. We go weekly for early dinner. Call ahead for table. ambiance not important. Staff is stellar. BYOB. Cork fee
Sakura Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Outtacontrol roll, passion roll and Hawaiian roll all rocked
Panera Bread Best pastries and endless coffee
SUBWAY This Subway has superior service!
PDQ Chicken Tenders, Zucchini Fries are Fabulous and everything! It's hard to go wrong with PDQ.
Fishhawk Bagels The best New York style bagels and cream cheeses in all of Brandon, Riverview and Fishhawk! Excellent coffee and the guava pastries are amazing!
Qdoba Mexican Grill I shall defend my mayorship!!!!
Pita's Republic The Tex-Mex wrap is the only thing I order simply because it's the best thing on the menu! Don't forget to ask them if they have soup! They usually have fresh homemade soup to partner with your wrap!
Beef 'O' Brady's Best service!!! The crew are like a second family to us.
East Coast Pizza No toppings even needed. A simple cheese pizza does the job.
Panera Bread Orchard Apple salad w/no cheese! Yummy!
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