Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve - North
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Location and Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
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.
There are three primitive campsites available. These sites have no water, no electric and require you to hike in all of your supplies.
- Reservations are required and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance
- Camping is FREE
- There are three campsites available - Download the ARC camping map
- To primitive camp at Site A, you must hike 2.4 miles with your equipment and supplies from the trailhead located on County Road 39.
- Primitive sites B and C are only accessible from the Keysville Road entrance. You cannot access the hiking trails from campsites B and C. The trails are only accessible from the trailhead located on County Road 39.
- Checkout time is noon
- Bird Watching
- Hiking Trail
- Pets Allowed
- Primitive Camping