Alafia River State Park

AlafiaSPEntranceWe stayed in Alafia River State Park April of 2014. The park is fairly small and new to the Florida State Park System. Their campground doesn’t have a lot of shade trees but the sites are nicely laid out, fairly large to accommodate larger RVs and well maintained. The park’s activities center around mostly around the BMX biking trails and horse trails. They do have a fairly decent playground area with a large bathroom that has drink machines. The park has three different sections to it. The main entrance area has the camping area, picnic/playground and the biking and hiking trails area and then there is a stables area for the horses. South of the entrance area is the park’s maintenance area and the road leads down to the river where you can fish off a non-used bridge. North of the main entrance is another picnic area right next to the river which is really quite nice.

The bathhouse is solar powered and located in the center of the camping area. If you want a “hot” shower you may want to wait until the late afternoon. This area has two loops one for regular campers and another area where people bring their horse trailers have longer campsites. There is a small lake with an amphitheater area behind the bathhouse that the park rangers give talks and demonstrations. I am not sure they use it for very much though. There are a few campsites that you can view the lake but not that many. You cannot swim in the lake, of course, because of alligators. They do not have sewers on any of the sites including the campground hosts site. There is a dump station located in the turn-around lane in front of the bathhouse. The park has tall power lines running through the center that have nests of Ospreys on top. While we were there we were able to take a couple of pictures of a momma Osprey soaring around her nests.

Alafia River State Park
14326 South County Road 39
Lithia, Florida 33547
(813) 672-5320
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Alafia-River

Admission Fee:
$5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Camping Fee:
$22.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity.
Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees. Proof of eligibility

Campsites

11 Horse Sites
(5) 55FT Back-In/50Amp
(6) 55Ft Pull-Through/50Amp

16 Family Campsites
(7) 55Ft Back-In/50Amp
(9) 55Ft Pull-Through/50Amp

WHERE TO GET WHAT YOU NEED

GROCERIES

Picnic Grocery
15217 County Rd 39
Lithia, Fl 33547
(813) 633-1354
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Picnic-Grocery/143770348989935

Fort Lonesome Grocery
13231 State Road 674
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 634-4212

Publix Super Markets
5642 Fishhawk Crossing Bl
Lithia, Fl 33547
(813) 655-5646
http://www.publix.com/locations/1135-publix-at-fishhawk-ranch

Winn Dixie
16571 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 643-5564
https://www.winndixie.com/StoreDetails?search=2499

GAS

Picnic Grocery
15217 County Rd 39
Lithia, Fl 33547
(813) 633-1354

Fort Lonesome Grocery
13231 State Road 674
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 634-4212

Circle K
10520 S County Rd 39
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 737-3332

Fishhawk Mobil
16871 Fishhawk Bl
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 571-9334

Marathon
11211 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 737-1085

7-Eleven
13411 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 655-5563

RESTAURANTS

Smokin Joe’s BBQ and Grill
10252 County Rd 39
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 737-3010
http://www.smokinjoesbbqgrill.com/

China Star
Shoppes of Fishhawk
16733 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 684-8382
http://lithiachinastar.com/

Outback Steakhouse
16547 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 689-9222
http://www.outback.com/Locations/details/?unit=2019

Beef O’Bradys
Shoppes of Fishhawk
16773 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 651-0388
http://locationstogo.com/beefs/

Park Square Pizza
16132 Churchview Dr #112
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 651-3100
http://www.parksquarepizza.net/

Tim’s Cafe
10903 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 737-4026

McDonald’s
16701 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 655-3409
http://www.mcdonalds.com

Pizza Hut
3220 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, FL 33594
(813) 684-8383
https://order.pizzahut.com/home

Burger King
16501 Fishhawk Blvd
Lithia, FL 33547
(813) 661-6356
http://www.bk.com

SUPPLIES

Walmart
901 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-8278
http://www.walmart.com/store/finder?location=33547&distance=50

RV PROPANE

Cross Roads Ace Hardware
13364 Lincoln Rd
Riverview, FL 33578
(813) 236-1885
http://www.crossroadsace.com/

U-Haul of Brandon
377 W Brandon Blvd
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 689-8166
http://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Propane-near-Brandon-FL-33511/786067/

LAUNDROMAT

Laundry Room of Brandon Inc
725 W Lumsden Rd
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 657-2320
http://www.thelaundryspots.com/

MEDICAL CARE

Brandon Regional Hospital
119 Oakfield Dr
Brandon FL 33511
(813) 681-5551
http://brandonhospital.com/

Late Hour Urgent Care Center
3444 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Fl 33596
(813) 643-9393
http://www.latehoursurgentcare.com/

MAP OF THE AREA

AlafiaRiverAreaMap
Our YouTube video from the pictures we took while we were there: