Hiking is permitted on all the horse trails and some of the off-road mountain bicycle trails. Click here for map - Alafia River State Park - Hiking Trail Map
If you fancy yourself a hunter of treasure or if you are looking for a fun activity to do with family and friends, Geocaching may be for you! Geocaching is a unique and fun way to do some exploring and treasure hunting yourself here in Real Florida at Alafia River State Park, where you will search your way through Xeric Hammock, Upland Mixed Forests and the banks of our blackwater stream for your Geocaching treasure. There are approximately 12 caches in the park scattered along our trail systems. This activity is suited to varying age groups and experience levels. To learn more about Geocaching you can visit their website at www.geocaching.com
Alafia River State Park offers numerous lakes for fishing. Bass, bluegill and catfish are among the fish that you may catch. Catch and release is recommended for Large Mouth Bass. A fishing license is required for all freshwater fishing for people 16 and older. Please go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission web site and get your fishing license online.
Alafia River State Park is a very good place to see a variety of birds. Swallow-tail kites soar overhead all summer and wintering warblers enjoy our park during migration. During the fall hawk migration, from mid-September to mid-November, you will see a variety of hawks soaring overhead. American Kestrels can be seen throughout the park during the winter. Woodpeckers abound in our forests including pileated, downey, red-bellied and red-headed woodpeckers. Eastern Bluebirds frequent our pine trees year round and the Eastern Meadowlarks sing from our fields as the osprey finish their nesting season overhead.
CANOEING & KAYAKING
Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities in the Alafia River and the reclaimed lakes. However, currently Alafia River State Park does not offer canoe rentals.
Pets are welcome at Alafia River State Park as long as they are kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash, be well behaved, and under the owner's control at all times.
ADA accessible picnic pavilions are available at the park.
You can enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch with a beautiful view. A playground, volleyball area and horseshoe pits are also available. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
For added enjoyment, the park has a children's playground conveniently located in the picnic area. The playground is equipped with two swing sets and numerous slides.
Restroom facilities are available at the trailhead and within the campground area.
Showers are located in the campground and available to campers only. There is a bike washing station at the trailhead near the restrooms.
Wildlife viewing is possible on all the trails, the picnic area, and from the many lakes and the Alafia River, so bring your binoculars.