Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve - North

Bird Watching Hiking Trail Primitive Camping

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Location and Hours

Location

9256 South County Rd. 39
Plant City, FL 33567

Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Contact

(813) 672-7876

Entrance Fee

Free

About

The Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve (ARCNP), is a 4,070 acre preserve located in eastern Hillsborough County. It encompasses lands along the Alafia River east of the Bell Shoals Bridge, extending upstream along the North Prong into Polk County, and along the South Prong to Jameson Road.

The preserve contains many different habitat types and also includes areas that were formerly mined for phosphate. The site is home to some listed species including gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snake, American alligator as well as many others.

Trail Map

Primitive Camping

  • Camping is FREE at this location
  • Reservations must be received at least 14 days prior to your desired camping date
  • A staff member will get back with you in 1 to 2 business days to let you know if your chosen camping dates are available, and finalize your reservation
  • For more information, call (813) 210-7019. A staff member is available Mon-Fri 8 AM to 4 PM to assist you
  • There are three campsites available - Download the ARC camping map
    • Backcountry site A is only accessible by hiking 2.4 miles with your equipment and supplies from the trailhead located on County Road 39
      • This site may be reserved for a maximum of seven nights
    • Primitive sites B and C are accessible by car from the Keysville Road entrance. You must obtain a gate code before entering. You cannot access the hiking trails from sites B and C- they are only accessible from the trailhead located on County Road 39 
      • These sites may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights
Apply online for reservation

Amenities

  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trail
  • Pets Allowed
  • Primitive Camping