Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve - South
Location and Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Updated parking lot address
The new parking lot for this nature preserve is located at 12098 S. County Road 39 in Lithia and now open and ready for use.
The old parking lot located at the end of Old Welcome Rd. will officially close on August 31st, 2021. The trail map has been updated to show this change.
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.
Hiking Safety Guidelines
Always be prepared when hiking on nature preserves:
- Bring plenty of water
- Download the map
- Tell someone your plan
- Wear proper shoes and sun protection
- Stay on marked trails
- During the rainy season, many trails will have standing water.
- If you think you are lost, call us at (813) 672-7876
- In case of an emergency, call 911
- Bird Watching
- Equestrian Trails
- Hiking Trail
- Pets Allowed