Alafia River Reserve

Purchased jointly by the District and Polk County to preserve the natural wetlands (90 percent) and uplands along the upper corridor of the Alafia River, this property is home to many species of wading birds and amphibians that require seasonally flooded areas free of predators to complete their life cycles. Forested hardwood wetlands are the primary natural community. Common trees include sweet gum, laurel oak, ironwood, hickory, sabal palms and bay. Ground cover is sparse due to extended periods of flooding.

Park Details

Street Address

4872 Indian Oak Drive
Mulberry, FL 33860
United States

334 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during standard time and 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight-saving time.

Site Features

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Short hiking trail to river overlook.

Recreation Term

Picnic Facilities

Recreation Description
  • Picnic tables adjacent to parking area.

Additional Information

Access and Parking

From Mulberry, take SR 60 west to Turner Road (approximately 3.5 miles). Turn left on Turner Road and follow to Y-intersection. Stay to left on North Turner Road. Turn left on Indian Oak Boulevard until road dead-ends. Turn right on Indian Oak Drive and travel a few blocks. Parking area on left.

Restrooms and Water

No restrooms or water available.


West-central Polk County, west of Mulberry

For more Information

Polk County Natural Resources Department, (863) 534-7377