Alafia River State Park

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4.71 out of 5
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Intermediate
14.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
46
elevation (ft)

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Alafia River State Park singletracks are IMBA EPIC certified. Wide range of novice to intermediate to advanced to highly advanced sections. The trailhead parking lot has bathrooms with hot water, bicycle rinsing stations, shaded pavilions, a volleyball net and a playground.

Camping and equine trails are available.

Parking fee: $4.00 for vehicle with driver only or $5.00 per car load (up to 8 people).

For further information visit: www.floridastateparks.org/alafiariver/default.asp and www.swampclub.org
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I was wondering if the easy loop would be manageable for an adult just starting out? -Verrybusy

A: Yes, the easy loops are good for beginners. There's a few tight spots and can get rather bumpy but nothing hard. Just follow the signs / map.

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Q: Is there a trail appropriate for a 5 year old boy? -Guest

A: I would say Sand Pine would be ok for youth

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Poseur

February 22, 2019
 
Review: Proud to call alafia my home town trail since I'm only 50 mins from it and come ride here almost every weekend. Great nature encounter and the trails are just up to par and well maintained. Riding in balm boyette next weekend another great system here in Fl. Happy riding everyone.

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Gramcounter

February 18, 2019
 
Review: A Yankee's perspective: anyone coming from mountains should have no problem with the Blue and Single Black Diamond trails. Double blacks will primarily depend on how good you are at drops and jumps. So I just rode this today. First off- mountain bike only unidirectional trails automatically makes this a good trail system. But add in how well maintained the trails are (thank you Swamp guys and gals), the flow, the tech they have been able to add, the fact that there is a trail for every leval, and the sheer beauty of the place, and you have something special. Would I make a trip to FL just to ride it- probably not just for the mountain biking part. You can find things just as good probably a lot closer to home. But I would for the uniqueness and beauty of it. I mean where else can you mountain bike in jurassic park and pass a rookery of Snowy Egrets? And if you are within a 3 hour drive of it while in FL you definitely should check it out. Re skill color markings- I would say they are accurate. The blacks and double blacks aren't really more gnarly, as there isn't much gnar in general (it is FL after all) but they have more technical ascents and descents and the double blacks have some real rad drops and jumps that are not for the faint of heart or unskilled. If you like speed hit North Creek and Rollercoaster. There are then some short blues and blacks and double blacks off of these you can try if you're feeling up to it. Buzzard Bay, Razorback, Derailed and Frankenstairs were all dooable by yours truly on a rental with no dropper. That lack of dropper stopped me doing some bigger drops as I nearly got castrated by the seat on a 6 footer and decided to limit myself to 3 footers or less after that. UBC Alafia has a great mini bike shop there if you forget something and they rent bikes. Word of warning- no droppers on the cheaper rental mountain bikes and not even a quick flip on the seat post. I'm gonna write them about this. They are really awesome and have some nice bikes, but come on man, it's 2019 and with trails like what they have in Alafia all their bikes should have droppers. I rented a Stumpy ST (120/130) that if it had a dropper would have been a fine bike. But as it was I rode half my ride with the seat too low for pedalling so I could hit the drops, and then when I was getting cramps raised it for the more pedal trails but had to avoid drops and just couldn't really jump at all. Type of bike- don't need a long travel bike, although something slacked out that pedals well too would be awesome for the drops on the double blacks. I was so wishing I had my Bronson- while I wouldn't have needed all the suspension it would have allowed me to hit the double black drops. Recommend going to Alafiatrails.com before you go- they have GoPro footage of all the trails. $5 per car to get in. Now stop reading this and go ride it.

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January 10, 2019
lhzawd Singletrack  
 
Review: Amazing place !!!

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Gnarly


August 20, 2018
harleyferg Gnarly  
 
Review: just getting a lot rain lately. hard options are getting washed out.

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Gramcounter

August 5, 2018
CrowSlayer Gramcounter  
 
Review: Despite 18 days straight of afternoon rain, the trail crew has still managed to keep the blue singletrack well maintained. No washouts or standing water, just a few muddy patches to navigate around.

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Granny Gear

June 3, 2018
pvenuti Granny Gear  
 
Review: Awesome track! Just moved to tampa from Phila area two weeks ago. Never seen anything like this place. Like singletrack rising in viet nam. Amazingly well maintained. Kudos to SWAMP team.

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Granny Gear

May 1, 2018
 
Review: This was my first trail ride since moving to FL from VA. What this trail lacked in elevation was more than made up with technical trails. The trails are very well maintained. I had a blast riding it and look forward to returning.

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Gramcounter

March 26, 2018
CrowSlayer Gramcounter  
 
Review: Last weeks rain did a great job washing down the loose sand at Roller Coaster. Just discovered today, outside the restroom is a motion activated purified & refrigerated water station. Nice touch.

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Granny Gear

October 25, 2017
JY99 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Best trail system in Fl. Plenty of trails for all levels. The blues are probably blacks in most other Fl trail ratings. The blacks are serious and for experienced riders. Make sure to do a "test" ride first.

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Bunny Hop

October 12, 2017
asasailor1 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: As with skiing Green, Blue and Black. Rated fairly. They're awesome trails, all of them. It takes good cardio and skill to complete any blue. Completing North Creek and then roller coaster without stopping, one guy posted, you're in pretty good shape. It took many rides on each one just to be able to complete it based on difficulty. It was great practice for 2 years, twice a month for 6 months. So 2 years netted 12 to 20 runs. It was good training for headin to MOab, which Ive visited twice now. Short steep drops, turns, ups etc. You won't be able to ride even the Blues without a few recon runs. Unless your an avid dedicated rider. You won't be disappointed.

Similar Trail: All good riding.

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