Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve Trail

EASY 27 reviews
#2 of 2 trails in

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.9 miles
275 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

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.

29 days ago

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.

2 months ago

good trail

4 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

wonderful trail. bit muddy at the beginning

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

26 days ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

5 months ago

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Sunday, April 05, 2015

mountain biking
Monday, July 14, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Saturday, January 26, 2013