Alafia River SP

Alafia River State Park, Lithia FL

Alafia River State Park opened to the public in February 1998. The park consists of over 6,000 acres with approximately 12 miles of shoreline along the South Prong Alafia River. This is a good place for mountain biking and hiking. The land was formerly used for phosphate mining and was donated to the Florida State Parks in 1996.   Alafia River State Park offers off road bicycling, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Eight distinct natural communities in addition to ruderal and developed areas are present at Alafia River State Park, they are; scrub, xeric hammock, floodplain swamp, bottomland forest, upland mixed forest hydric hammock, and blackwater stream.

Canoeing/Kayaking and fishing opportunities are also available along the South Prong of the Alafia River with some lakes scattered throughout the park. The park also offers picnic pavilions, a playground, a full-facility campground and a full-service bike shop.


Some mapping software is leading visitors to inaccurate entrance to the park. The main park entrance leading to the ranger station and campground is located on County Road 39, not on Jameson Road. Please call the park office if you require directions.


  • Camping
  • Canoe kayak Launch
  • Pet Friendly
  • restrooms
  • Mountain bike Trail
  • Playground
  • RV Sites
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Historic Site




  • Phone: (813) 672-5320