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Alafia River Epic

Brandon, Florida

The growing Alafia River State Park trail network features 17 miles of trails winding through the Florida forest about 30 minutes southeast of Tampa. The park includes rolling terrain, riverside routes, and several miles of technical quarry riding. With close to a dozen creek crossings and bridges, this is not your typical Florida landscape. Nearby Boyette Park adds another 15 miles of connected trail.

The IMBA-affiliated Southwest Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers (SWAMP) has been instrumental in developing the Alafia trails. The non-profit group has donated more than 4,000 hours of volunteer trailwork during the past two years and built more than 15 miles of new trails with help from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew. The Florida State Park System has supported the work with tools and materials.

Location: Brandon, Florida.

Directions: Road map.

From Tampa: take I-75 South, exit #47 Apollo Beach, travel east approximately one mile to 301, turn south. Travel approximately one mile to CR-672, turn east and continue approximately 11 miles until it dead-ends at SR-39. Turn north and travel 1.5 miles to Alafia River State Park entrance.

From Orlando: take I-4 West, exit #13 Plant City, travel south on SR-39 approximately 20 miles. Alafia River State Park entrance on east side of road.

From Sarasota: take I-75 North, exit #48 Sun City Center, travel east approximately 13 miles on CR-674. Turn north on SR-39, Alafia River State Park entrance is approximately 1.5 miles on east side of road.

Epic Ride Length: 12 miles.

Elevation Range: Sea level to 50 feet.

Description: Singletrack varies from easy to very technical with rock ledges and drop-offs.

Season: Year-round.

Weather: Bring sunscreen.

Brandon - Best Western, Comfort Suites and LaQuinta
Sun City - Holiday Inn Express

Camping: Alafia River State Park

Club: Southwest Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers (SWAMP)

Shop: Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater.

Beer: Ybor Gold

Other: Ybor City, historic district of Tampa. Beaches galore.

Local Events: Alafia Fat Tire Festival, Croom-35 Endurance Challenge.