One of the few saving graces of former phosphate mines is that they provide awesome air for mountain bikers in Florida, and Alafia River State Park is one of the rare places where you can launch on a Florida downhill.
Address: 14326 South County Road 39 Lithia FL 33547
Fees: State park entrance fee
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
Reserve a campsite
Sure, you can catch a guided ride with the Southwest Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers (aka SWAMP), or go on an Adventure Race, but it’s not a one-note park.
While hiking is permitted on all of the trails, better to borrow a fat-tire bike than be run over by one. The equestrian trails – which can also be hiked – are extensive, connecting to neighboring natural lands, and the campground provides a mellow getaway along a pine-lined lake.