Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve Trail

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Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Plant City, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Heavily Forrested - River Corridor with a bit of Swamps From the described parking area, the trail begins as a single-track, winding through a heavily forested section. This particular trail will be marked Trail 2. Eventually Trail 2 opens up to an old sanded road. Various trails, all marked by numbers, wind through the area. During the wet season, several sections of the trails could require a bit of wading, however we visited in December and all trails were dry.

hiking
23 days ago

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.

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hiking
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

7 months ago

wonderful trail. bit muddy at the beginning

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Since it's been raining a lot we end up with a pretty short hike! Bummer... The trail is flooded up to the knee and there's no end! We will come back next time!

mountain biking
Monday, July 14, 2014

walking
Friday, March 28, 2014

hiking
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Well maintained park with both paved and dirt trails through forest and along the river. The park has plenty of visitors, but there's lots of space so it didn't feel crowded.

hiking
Monday, May 06, 2013

I loved this trail. Was looking for a half day hike that is more off the beaten path. There are several trails that go off in other directions from this one and would love to go back. Saw one deer, but there were no boars in sight. There were definitely places where you could see where they were digging. There are also several wild orange trees along the trail after you pass through the big open grass field where the gas pipeline is buried. I get what the other hiker was saying about the feelingof being watched. My boyfriend and I got the same feeling. He is the one who first metioned it and I was the only one who read the previous review on this trail so he didn't know that someone else said the same thing. He is also a bigfoot fanatic though, lol :/. Overall, I enjoyed the trail in perfect weather.

hiking
Saturday, January 26, 2013

trail running
Sunday, September 30, 2012

Trails are a good length for a half a day with nature. Sadly, there is trash from the trailhead about a quarter a mile in. Mostly flat but beautiful typical florida woods/open fields. Not the best trail I've ever hiked but probably the best in West/Central FL. However, and this is critical: At the "loop" in the far rear of the trails I stumbled across a bunch of wild boars/feral pigs. Not sure of the difference. The point is they charged me. And charged me again. And charged me again. I counted at least six of them. Very scary and dangerous. I would avoid the loop towards the end of the day as it seems that is where they "live". After my escape from them I had to walk back through the corridor. Started noticing more and more pig roots and spots they had been wallerin' in the mud. Some spots of the trails smelled like a farm. Be warned. Be ready to sprint for long distances. Do not go hiking here by yourself. Other than the pigs, I saw a fox, two gopher tortoises, and got the impression I was being followed/stalked by something on my way out. Great adventure.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2011

We camped at the Alafia River State Park and started with the Nature Preserve Trail then ventured off into the additional horse and biking trails. There are so many options you could hike for days and never see it all. Make sure to bring a map and/or GPS. There are bunches of crossroads and several options (east/west vs north/south). If you hike the bike trail (SWAMP) make sure to do it on a week day and go the opposite way of traffic. These mountain bike routes are top in the nation and super busy. But really fun. Bring water, sun screen, bug spray (lots of bugs) and a good pair of hiking boots. We hiked, kayaked and biked for three days and never saw the same thing. The Helpful Link below is a link to the Alafia River State Park Website that provides several different maps!