Alafia River State Park - Mountain Biking
Alafia River State Park offers over 25 miles of mountain bike trails. From beginner access roads and trails to expert level technical single track this is a must ride in the Tampa Bay area.
There are so many options here it is awesome! From a quick Easy Green 5 mile loop to an all day excursion through the entire trail system of 25 or more miles, you will find the perfect distance for you and your skill level. Don't let the Blues and Blacks scare you—there are bail out points everywhere if you get in over your head.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The Alafia trail system ranges from 1 star all the way through a 4 star. You will find any experience to keep you challenged yet have a blast and stay safe. Stay on the access roads or Green Circle trails if you are new to Mountain Biking or looking for something for the entire family. If you are feeling a bit friskier try the Blue Square trails (just like snow ski mountain rankings) or even go for broke on the Black Diamond or Double Black Diamond trails. Fair warning: there are some surprising drops and challenges on the Black Diamond trails. Regardless of your technical ability or level of experience, you will find exactly what you are looking for on this trail system.
Time To Complete
Depending upon what trail you take expect your ride to vary from as little as an hour to 5 plus. The options are almost endless as most trails can be ridden in either direction (except the Black Diamond trails) and opens the options to over 50 miles of trails!
This trail is open all year round. The only questionable times are the wonderful rainy summer season that drives all Floridians crazy! For complete up to date info on trail closures, visit the area Mountain Bike Association (SWAMP) that keeps the trails maintained and rideable... http://swampclub.org. And make sure you give these guys some kudos as they work tirelessly to keep these and other area trails up to speed.
Our 4 legged furry friends are always welcome at Alafia, as long as they are kept on a leash. Make sure that you keep an eye out for horse and give them a wide passing lane as they may spook if you have fido with you.
$5.00 per vehicle (2-8 occupants) or an Annual Pass is available that is valid for all Florida State Parks