The Alafia River is a major tributary of Tampa Bay. Conservation of the lands along the Alafia River will protect the river, its floodplain and wildlife habitat for future generations. The river’s natural floodplain is a mixture of hardwood swamps and upland hammocks. Trails meander through natural areas as well as areas that were formerly phosphate mine pits, which are mostly revegetated. Jointly purchased by the District and Hillsborough County, the property is managed by the county.
- Primitive camping only.
- Group areas available.
- Letter of authorization required from Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.
- 8 miles of marked equestrian trails available on southern portion of property adjacent to Alafia River State Park.
- Trails offer quality ride through various areas of pasture, oak hammocks, sandhills and riverine swamps.
- During rainy season, creek crossings may be closed for safety reasons. At other times, portions of preserve may be closed temporarily due to wildfires, prescribed burns, environmental restoration or severe storms.
- Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
- Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.
- Shoreline fishing allowed from pits in northeast portion of property.
- Access via hiking trail.
- Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
- Access three-mile marked trail from Pinecrest baseball field walk-thru or Alderman’s Ford Park
- Hiking allowed on equestrian trail.
- Limited picnic facilities available on-site.
Access and Parking
- Primary access for hiking trail is at the Pinecrest baseball field parking area next to Alderman’s Ford Park. Walk-thru on north side of parking area.
- Walk-thru entrance located at 628 Jameson Road.
- Park gates close at night – check park hours to make sure vehicle will not be locked in parking area.
- Access to horse trails at Old Welcome Road parking area.
Restrooms and Water
There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead locations, but facilities are available in Alderman’s Ford Park during park operating hours.
Southeastern Hillsborough County, east of Lithia and south of Plant City
Nearby Recreation Lands
For More Information
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, (813) 672-7876