Awesome trail. Lots of shade and beautiful walk.

I came to do some Geocaching in the preserve. Once you got off the short access trail from the trailhead by the ballfields, the trails were nice and wide and well maintained. Most trails were numbered but I did not have a map to help me know one trail from another. The elevation change in the area was quite unique for Florida. I later discovered that this area used to be phosphate mines which helped explain the topography. Mostly under tree cover except the north area along the railroad tracks. I did about 10 miles in the park and found it quite enjoyable on a mild October day.

I remember going here as a child to walk the trail with my parents. Made some lasting memories here and hope to eventually bring my kiddo here as well :)

trail running
4 months ago

Great park to run in. Nice large paved trail.

This is a short little trail that is good for a quick day hike to keep yourself in shape if you don't have time to hike a regular trail. It's one mile trail.

Trail was very thick in the beginning with a lot of trees and bushes on the trail, however only about 5 minutes in, it opens up. The problem with this trail is rain. About a mile in, you’ll come across a bridge with a river below. Normally this river is fine but whenever it rains it overflows very quickly. The water was right up to the bridge and the rest of the path was flooded. Had to turn back. Looks like a good trail but you should hike it when it hasn’t rained in over a week.

great walk. wet feet. lots of contour, variety, and wildlife. we even saw a corral snake.

This place was awesome!!! Loved the off beaten path.

My favorite trail in the Hillsborough County area. Located just north of Alderman Ford Park, sharing a parking lot with the baseball fields, (to the left when you pull into the lot) this is truly a hidden gem of a hike. What more could you ask for in Florida? A varied terrain of hills, scrub and marsh on a wide, well maintained trail. There is a beautiful camp site with a working pitcher pump next to a nice pond. We saw deer, hogs, wood peckers, hawks and a nice size black snake. We hiked 10.5 miles on this trail but you could easily shorten it or extend it with a few added turns. While we were dry the whole trail, I can see this being a wet walk if it was rainy season, so keep that in mind.

If you are in the area, don’t miss this one for a true Fla trail experience.

Really nice trail, well maintained, and exactly what I'd expect from a short paved trail.

Honestly, my favorite trail in this part of Florida. Tons of wildlife, elevation change, and different terrains.

trail running
Friday, October 27, 2017

great park/trails for jogging! loved the absolute beaty of the nature views and wildlife. went this morning for the firat time and it was a great and peaceful experience. definilty recommend this park

I had an awesome time hiking the Alafia River Corridor yesterday! Some solid Florida hiking in my opinion. The entrance is true to the location shown on Google Maps. It is just north of Alderman's Ford Park on the right when heading north. It appears to be the entrance for baseball fields, but the woods to the north reveal a Hillsborough County park sign. It indicated the land was dog friendly as well, which was great for hiking with furry friends.

The hike began somewhat constrained on a narrow trail through the woods then crossing the Alafia River. After about 30 minutes, the trail opened to a field with options to explore numerous paths. There was plenty of space to get lost for a while. Signage was ok, but the trail was true to the SWFWM map for the area.

I saw a toooon of wildlife, including a black snake, rabbit, two armadillos, four turtles, a deer, and four boar. Pretty amazing, though admittedly startling.

Overall, the hike was a solid one! The bugs were manageable; there was plenty of tree cover depending on one's route; tons of open space for a long walk; and well-maintained trails. Just bring plenty of water! There were limited options for filtering.

Great hike, lots of shade, very quiet, bugs were not bad at all, saw some gopher tortoises. Hiked about 2.5miles in, then turned around and came back. Only reason I give 4 instead of 5 stars is the markings aren't great where there are splits in the trail, so following on a map or GPS helps rather than relying on markings or signs.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Did 6.21 miles awesome hike! not wet at all.I came in from parking lot trail 2, took trail 4 and looped around and pack to parking lot. spending roughly 2.25 hours. came across 2 large deer.

Monday, January 23, 2017

My husband and I have been here several times. Sometimes we walk, sometimes we ride our bikes. Bikes are only allowed on the paved trail. For hikers there are several off-road trails branching off the main path which provides different experiences and difficulty levels. One of our favorite places.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Easy circular walk on tarmac path. Some great boardwalk areas. Very enjoyable!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We love this trail!! It's beautiful, well kept and clean. There plenty of restroom stops and places to picnic. Also a place for kids to play :-)
Two $$ to park

wonderful trail. bit muddy at the beginning

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Good walk for kids I bring my 4 year old we always have fun

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Not really for adventure seekers. Paved or Boardwalk trail. Nice if you are a novice or older.

Great paved trail with bathroom stops!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nice paved trail

Saturday, March 26, 2016

nice facility all around. paved walking/biking trail, more rugged offshoot trails, very nice exercise stations at intervals, picnic pavilions, canoe launch, and more. if you are looking for a good way to spend a few hours, check it out.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Good walking. All paved if you want that and some trails in the sand. Not many animals seen but a great wilderness while walking.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I've been to this park many times over the last ten years. This park is very well maintained, and the trail itself is beautiful. Lots to see, but also lots of people. I would recommend going early in the morning as in the afternoons parking becomes more difficult and the trails get more crowded and louder, driving away most wildlife. I normally walk, but many also bike.

This trail was off the beaten path. The mosquitoes were not as bad as expected with the swampy areas surrounding the trail. Would recommend early morning due to part of the path having absolutely no shade. Overall was a nice experience.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Great natural primitive site but easy to reach. Ok not that primitive, it has a garbage can ,0picnic table and fire ring. We love it! Great accessible real camping,not car camping. LOVED it!

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