Alafia River State Park features some of the best mountain bike riding trails in the state of Florida, featuring better than 20 miles of trails rated at beginner, intermediate, and advanced to satisfy all skill levels.  Prior to becoming a state park, this land was used for phosphate mining without the land being “reclaimed” when the mining was completed.  The end result is that many of the trails feature significant elevation changes over short distances, something that you don’t find too much of in the state of Florida.

The SWAMP Club (SouthWest Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers) builds and maintains the trails (the current map of the trails is available here).

The trails are maintained only by volunteers.  Alafia volunteers host trail work days every week - during the weekdays – for those who cannot volunteer on Saturday.  Jeff, the Alafia “trail boss” – is looking for volunteers who work odd schedules or “shift work” – e.g. fire, police, medical, service, construction, etc.  You do not have to be a SWAMP club member nor a member of Friends of Alafia to help with our trails.  If you love to ride our trails – consider volunteering… and understand how much volunteer time it takes to keep Alafia in top riding condition.

The SWAMP Club hosts Alafia trail workdays at 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of most months.  The club has guided rides at the park the 3rd Sunday of each month.  You do not have to be a member of SWAMP to participate in the guided ridge.  There are different skill-level groups, so regardless of your skill or experience, you can ride with a group tailored to you.

Also, checkout Alafia Park trail information on www.swampclub.org.

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