Another very relaxing stop, with some mountain biking thrown in for fun!
Link to campground here: Alafia River State Park
Link to map here: Alafa River State Park
  1. Site Quality = 4.5/5
    This is a very new park and the sites reflect that. They’re all long, paved flat sites with nice grass “sitting areas” and good separation between campers. All have picnic table, fire-pit, 50Amp and water. Selection of back-in and pull-though, plus sites for horse-camping in the Lonesome Lake loop.
  2.  Facilities = 4.5/5
    The facilities are spacious, brand new and cleaned daily so they’re very nice. Their only ding is that they only built one shower per restroom (one men’s and one women’s) so if it’s occupied you’re out of luck to get clean. The surrounding area is a playground paradise with a picnic pavilion, grassy play area, lakes, over 20 miles of horse-trails, 17 miles of bike trails and hiking. There’s also on-site dump station and potable water.
  3. Location = 3.5/5
    I have to give this campground bonus points for the huge mountain bike and hiking area that’s next to it, plus the lovely lakes. Lithia is not exactly a “destination” location so there’s not a lot to see in the surrounding town, but the park itself has plenty of activity to keep you busy.
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5
    Another great pet-friendly location. Lots of space in the campground, plus plenty of hiking in the surrounding area (trails can be accessed directly from end of Lonesome Lake view)

Overall Rating = 4.4
BONUS ALERT = Bike some of the raddest mountain bike trails in FL!

Summary: We chose this stop mainly to visit one of Paul’s old buddies and ended up really enjoying our stay. This is a very new campground located on 6,000 acres of natural land with over 20 miles of horse-trails, hiking, fishing, kayaking and some of Florida’s most challenging mountain bike terrain (as accredited by the International Mountain Biking Association). The camping sites are laid-out in an open grassy area and are large, flat, paved sites with 50Amp/water and nice separation between campers. Most have an open view of the grounds plus a select few (#27, 4, 5, 6) with lake views  There’s a lovely lake and playground area in the middle of the two camping loops. During the week this place clears out and you have an entire wilderness area to yourself. It tends to fill up with locals and horse-campers on the week-end. Lithia is not exactly a destination location, but I have to admit the mountain biking here (built on an old phosphate mine) is an unique draw. We spent a lovely week hanging out by the lake, biking on the trails and spotting wildlife (gator, wild boar and birds). A very cool place and we’d definitely come back to stay.

 Extra Info:  Verizon data worked flawlessly, AT&T cellphones worked barely. Sites are reservable, $22/night for 50Amp electric/water with selection of back-in and pull-through. On-site dump station.

View of our site (#21)

View down Alafia Lake loop showing pull-through site #18 on the left

One of sites with lake view (#4)

Another view of Alafia Lake loop (site #30 on left)

View of lake between the 2 camping loops

Playground area and facilities

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8 Responses to SP Campground Rating – Alafia River State Park, Lithia, FL

  1. Pat Reynolds says:

    Where was that header pic shot? Is that Nevada? Nevada tends to have clean and quiet camping parks, btw.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Pat, It was taken in Anza Borrego (California) when we stayed there early this year. The pic is from the Yaqui Pass. Lovely area and lots of open space. We’re definitely heading back West next year :)

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  4. I can not believe I stumbled upon your blog on RV.net pet forum, and we camp next to you all this weekend at Alafai. We where in site 6. Alafai is probably our favorite local park. We are from Bradenton. Was great reading your blog and wish you all many Happy Trails.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Wow!! What a coincidence. We were (literally) right next to each other (we’re in site 7). So sorry we didn’t get to meet in person, but thrilled to meet you “online” :) We absolutely love this place. Have decided to extend a few more days ‘coz it’s just so nice here! Do let us know if we’re ever in the same area again! Nina

  5. Beth says:

    I found a link to your blog in a posting you made to RV.net. Your blog is great and I really enjoyed browsing through it. I’d like to add a link on my blog if you don’t mind.

    So glad to find this review of Alafia State Park. I’m glad to know the campground is now open. We have stayed at Hillsborough River State Park several times and really like it. One of our other favorites is Silver River State Park.

    We love the Florida State Parks and are always glad to find a new one to try! Our latest find was St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in the Panhandle. I highly recommend it if you are going up the west coast. Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park is also a must stay campground.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Beth, Lovely to “meet” you online! We stayed at Silver River on our way down last year and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip on Hillsborough River…haven’t tried that one, but will put it on our list for the future. Oh, and we ARE booked in St.Joseph for our way West, so I am very excited to stay there. Nina

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