Alafia River State Park 10-4-2008

Always looking for a new adventure I decided on Oct 4, 2008 to go and check out Alafia River State Park. It is about 40 min South of where I live in Tampa, but it was a beautiful morning for the drive. So I loaded up Bo and we arrived  a couple hours after sunrise. At the gate I asked one of the staff about some of the trails and he gladly gave me the information I needed…and some I didn’t like. The only trails I could go on with Bo, my dog, was the multi use trail and Old Agrico Hiking Trail. That worked out to be about 3.5 miles – but well short of the 20+ that are available out there. This place is full of great mountain bike trails (all cut and maintained by volunteers of the SWAMP Mountain Bike Club. There are specific trails set up for horses and mountain bikes and there are different levels of difficulty to. Hikers are permitted on all trails – I just was limited by bringing my buddy. We got to the trailhead and started on our way and I must say this trail was definitely the most challenging of the local parks I have hiked so far. It was a pleasant surprise to be going up and down hills and winding through the old quarry. There was a lot to see. Many man made ponds/lakes were formed once this mining location was abandoned. We saw a lot of animal sign and it was pleasantly cool under the heavy canopy. After the hike on Old Agrico we met up with the multi use trail and followed the loop. This was a wide, winding, level path that took us through a few different natural environments. There was a heavy fog still lifting that morning and the mist covered everything – the grass was even beautiful! There were many bikes on the trail that day and I saw 2 separate sets of riders on horseback, but Bo and I were the only ones on foot.

Once we finished our hike I drove over to the campground and checked it out – took a few photos and headed home. We had a wonderful relaxing morning and I encourage you to get outdoors and check out this beautiful place!

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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