The horse trails at Alafia River State Park have been a favorite of equestrians since the park opened in February 1998. There are 20 miles of horse trails of varied terrain, from flat to hilly and from heavily forested and shady to picturesque vistas overlooking prairies and lakes. The trails are well marked and well maintained by the park staff and volunteers who mow the grass and trim low hanging branches. There are separate, well-marked trails for horses and buggies, for bicycle riders and for hikers and multiuse trails. The horse trails are particularly well suited for horse drawn buggies due to their compaction and mowed grassy surfaces. Riders and drivers who compete in endurance and driving events find the park an excellent place to train and condition their horses for these competitions.

In addition to the excellent trail system equestrians are drawn to the park to camp with their horses. The equestrian campground has clean rest rooms with hot showers and consists of twelve paved campsites with 20/30/50 amp electric service, water hook-up, a picnic table, a fire ring, and tie-out posts for horses. Pets are allowed, but must be on a six-foot leash or confined at all times.

For those who prefer to stable their horses, there is a 12-stall barn available on a first come first served basis. There is no additional fee to use the barn, but you are asked to clean your stall and dispose of all manure in the designated area. In addition to the current accommodations for horses, six new paddocks are available in the barn area.

Trail maps are available online, at the office or at kiosks at the trailheads. The trails are numbered and color-coded making them easy to follow. The blue trail is the perimeter, the white trail runs north and south, the green trail runs east and west, and the yellow trails are island loops. There are two trailheads, one is at the main campground entrance and the other is at the northern entrance for day riders. There is plenty of parking for big rigs and there is a pitcher pump at the north trailhead. Day riders are asked to pay before parking and if they possess an annual pass, to write their pass number on a payment envelop that is provided and drop into the silent ranger. Current negative Coggins tests are required. All riders sixteen and under must wear a helmet.

 

We hope you enjoy the trails and enjoy your stay.  Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of Alafia.

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