Summary: From the described parking area, the trail begins as a single-track, winding through a heavily forested section. This particular trail will be marked Trail 2. Eventually Trail 2 opens up to an old sanded road.
Various trails, all marked by numbers, wind through the area. During the wet season, several sections of the trails could require a bit of wading, however we visited in December and all trails were dry.
Trailhead: We parked at the Pinecrest Little League Field. There is a large sign with a hiker marker. (Lat:27.87113 Lon:-82.13381)
Trail Guides for Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve:
Best Seasons: Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Southwest Florida Water Management
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Reviewed by Nick on 3/10/2011
Did a small bit of this hike with my 5 y.o. daughter. A lot of nature but no animals, there was evidence of wild hogs as the trail was dug up in certain spots. Most of the trail was through thick trees, so it was mostly shady and not that hot. Found a nice spot along the river to relax and take a break. Easy hiking, so we plan on coming back soon to experience the rest of the trail.
Reviewed by The Hollands on 10/18/2009
Found the trial OK. No maps were available so we went in not knowing what to expect. Really enjoyed the experience but recomend carrying water and sunsceen ands snacks or a lunch. We hiked for 2 hours non-stop and feel we still missed a few trails. We are planning to go back as soon as we locate a map.
Reviewed by SRJ on 5/24/2009
I cobbled together a ten miler out of the existing trails and some of the unmarked roads. Departed the trailhead at 6am so with the early cloud cover it was pretty dark. The trails are well marked and maintained. The terrain is mostly flat with a few minor hills and lakes made by the old phosphate mining operation. Saw a Bobcat, possibly two, and an Oppossum. Lots of spider webs with some really impressive Orb Weaver webs that spanned 30 foot gaps between trees. Finished at 9am and never saw another soul. You can make this hike as long or as short as you want. It takes you through beautiful Florida countryside that you won't see from the road. I'll be back.
Reviewed by VG on 4/12/2009
Did not have a map in box under sign so we had no idea how big the area really was. We were only going to walk a little ways so we only had one bottle of water. I'll know better next time. We started out and enjoyed it so much we just kept going. My husband spotted a white tailed deer, we saw armadillos , and 2 gopher turtles fighting for territory. We stopped and rested under the oak trees a couple of times and enjoyed the breeze. All together we spent 3 hours there on easter sunday enjoying the land that God gave us.
Reviewed by DR on 2/17/2009
Water, maps, and a compass are necessary. My family got lost in here recently. Saw nothing but armadillo's and 1 bird. Be better if there had been more water etc. but FL so dry now. Not one other person on trail for being a monday president holiday.
Reviewed by Wacasers on 4/9/2007
Hiked with all the kids 4/07 Beautiful!!! Had a picnic lunch in the shade. The little guys napped for an hour or so under a big oak in the meadow, while the older ones explored and discovered a really cool ant bed made from clay/dirt. This is not our first hike on this trail, our first time last fall, we saw a mother sow and her piglets. This trail has been well maintained the two times we went. Hats, Water, Sunscreen, Snacks, bugs???? Hasn't been a problem, but we are always gone before dusk, start early enjoy the whole day.
Reviewed by Kelly on 1/8/2007
Hiked trail on 1/7/07. A tail map can be found at http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks/resources/forms/conservationservices/elapp125.pdf Almost all the trails are double track. Most of the trails looked like they were recently mowed, so hiking was easy. The tails go through hardwood forests, along side of an active railroad, up an down large hills, and through a meadow (trails 1A and Loop). There are a few unnamed trails and border trails, but for the most part the trails are well marked. You can easily plan a 10 mile trek with little back tracking. There were no trail maps at the start of Trail 2, so print a map from the Hillsborough County web site. This was a very enjoyable hike that I plan to hike again.
Reviewed by Cheryl on 7/31/2006
I really enjoy the hikes at this location. It is longer than the 4.5 miles if you actually do the side trails as well. While the first part of the trail (2 miles from parking) is shady, there is much in the wide open so sun screen is important and you do not want to be out there in the heat of the day! Enjoy
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