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Alafia River State Park

Average Rating:    (4.51 of 5)

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The Alafia River State Park is a collection of scary drops, off-camber hillside ledges, high speed banked turns and intimidating ridge top trails. This single-track is built on the rugged terrain of a previously mined area. Currently there are about 14 miles of trails at Alafia.

The easiest (Green) loop is called Sand Pine and can be ridden as an out-and-back three mile ride or as a two mile loop riding back on the levee. The other Green trail is the River Loop, and is for experienced beginners. Although only three miles long (with bailouts at one-mile intervals), it feels longer because the trail has technical sections where roots or tight turns slow the pace and challenge the rider.

The intermediate (Blue) sections, Bridges and Rock Garden, are really fun with lots of medium-sized hills, some short and steep, with others more gradual for a speedy downhill. There are several very challenging sections along the blue trail (even for experienced riders) and the sudden drops, climbs, twists and turns are just plain fun to ride.

The Rollercoaster and Moonscape trails (Black) form a 4-mile advanced loop which MUST be ridden one-way. Gatorback and Rabbit Ears are very difficult shorter loops off Bridges and Sand Pine, respectively. These sections all include steep roller coaster dips, technical rocky sections and very difficult climbs and drops. Many of these have a steep, straight line descents followed by a short valley before the trail climbs rapidly up the opposite side. It is a roller coaster sensation that takes your breath away and gives extra "G" forces as your swoop suddenly transitions from a dive into a climb. Not all of these are a straight line down and up. Some drops have relatively sudden turns. Knowing what to expect and controlling your speed accordingly is necessary here.

Several of the trail designers recently got together and laid out trail so extreme they had to come up with a new designation; "Double Black Diamond." These "extreme" sections will definitely be an E-ticket ride.

Day use bikers use the main entrance at 14502 CR 39 S. (it's about a mile south of the old trailhead) and follow signs to the picnic area. A cyclist's trailhead with bathrooms, bike wash and picnic pavilions is available. There is a $3.25 fee. Camping with electricity and water is also available. Thirty campspots are available for $13 a night plus tax. The bathhouse has hot water for showers. These bath facilities are for registered campers only. Call Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521 to make reservations.
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Latitude
27.799602543341286
Longitude
-82.13687896728515
Trail Directions
Follow road map on SWAMP Club website www.swampclub.org/locations.htm#Alafia
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lithia (South East of Brandon)
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Review Date
November 12, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtbtrailrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode Alafia the day after riding Balm-Boyette. While I was able to ride all the trails at Balm-Boyette, I was not able to ride all the trails at Alafia due to the technicality of some of them...fortunately these are labeled as double-black diamonds. We did try one of the double-black diamonds...Gatorback...and walked most of it. Rollercoaster was not technical, but just a fun trail to ride. There are trails for every level of experience, you just need to keep a map with ya. The trails are very well maintained and plenty of signage to help you out. I ride a lot of trails in north Georgia, ie Blankets Creek, Rope Mill, Dauset Trails, and although there is not as much elevation change to these trails...the trails are still a lot of fun to ride. Coupled with Balm-Boyette and you have a couple good fun days of riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Balm-Boyette



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Review Date
March 29, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Been riding for a month. Was in NC for 3 weeks for work and bought a bike while i was up there. Hit quite a few places incl dupont. I bring it up b/c i like to give my history as a rider to give u an idea of my comparisons. Been riding crotch rockets for 15 yrs but first time on mtn bikes. Dupont as well as every trail in NC was incredible! With long climbs and huge decents, jumps, roots, ledges, creek crossings, and ample room on a landing area (usually) For error.

Alafia- doesnt seem to be anything better in a reasonable driving distance for a day ride IMO. havent been to santos but i hear its good. Boyette is nice but i find not as technical as Alafia. Some stuff i couldnt finish at alafia. Finished all the trails i rode at boyette. Carter, i found was either very easy or very technical with bigger consequences if u fail. If ur like me, and wanting to improve ur skills while being challenged, this is the place to go, for a days drive. If u want leisure rides, all 3 aforementioned places have that also. The parking is 4 bucks and the parking area is great with bike wash. Compared to nc, lol, none of this is an aerobic workout.

Recommended Route:
Depends on what ur after, i did sand pine to rock garden, then bridges, to roller coaster. Roller coaster and bridges were awesome. Not too technical, just alot of fun. Then i hit north creek, twisted sister and then magic island. Last 2 were very tight and not that easy, lol. Something to aim to.

First time here and as soon as my knee finishes healing back up, ill be back out tearing it up. I have boyette to thank for my knee, lol. Side note, dont try diamonds if its ur first time with clip ins........they are awesome, get a set if u dont have any! they make climbs awesome

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyette is similar



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Review Date
February 14, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Cucucachu ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is one of the better trails in Florida. It has lots of tree cover and has trails for everyone. Some are "challenging". It cracks me up when some wannabe reviews a trail based on the toughest trails in his region.
I've been fortunate enough to ride in many other states including Hawaii, CA, CO, UT, NC to name some. Porcupine Rim is my all time favorite - you have to ride the whole enchilada to really appreciate it. Hawaii's big island north end Kohala mountain range doesn't really have a trail but we started at the top and rode down to the lighthouse and it was fantastic!
Alafia doesn't compare, but it is a very good network of trails if you love to ride. They are not training trails, but super fun! I would not recommend them for newbies.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Carter Road & Balm Boyette.



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Review Date
February 23, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.86 of 5, 7.00 votes

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Reviewed by: centaur11 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Having ridden a number or the trails in Florida I can't say they are particularly challenging. Alafia is nice place with reasonably well marked trails but without elevation and technical features it's not much effort.
Yes Gator was ok and rollercoaster as well but I found some of the double black diamond trails more like stunts than technical. I understand that by Florida standards this is the norm but I'm from the NE and long technical climbs, rock gardens and knurly descents are common.
I will be back year after year during the winter for a break from the NE but PLEASE refrain from calling anything in Florida challenging.



Comments
Acme54321 (04/15/2013)
Get your panties out of a twist.
IamDefiler (04/30/2013)
Well, considering your favorite trail is Quarry Trails, VT, a pretty nice DH area, I can understand you think FL is flat. It actually is pretty flat in a lot of areas. But to say "anything" in FL is not challenging is just narrow-minded. Try to be a little more open about trails and their geographic locations. You might enjoy them a bit more.
1984 is here (04/27/2014)
Next time your in Florida call the Bike Shop in Winter Haven and ask for a invitation to ride the Jimmy Cotton Trials.... :> so many "real" MTBers ..... say.... thanks for the great ride, and ..... the awesome hospitality.... depending.... 12 miles 4 hours, 150 ml water. no cuss words, a glass of sweet tea, and a few brownies. under the big ole shade tree
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Review Date
January 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Zemu ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Huge variety of beginner to advanced riding trails. Very well maintained. Traffic is never too heavy. Watch out for armadillos.



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