No Fires
No Pets
No Drinking Water
About Alderman's Ford Conservation Park Primitive Campground

In 1848, settler James Alderman built his homestead south of the Alafia River in Lithia. He fashioned a crossing by cutting down the steep banks of the river, creating Alderman’s Ford. This historic site is now home to Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park, a hot spot for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The park's most popular attraction is a 1.9 mile paved loop that follows the north and south prongs of the Alafia River-- one of the most popular canoe spots in the state. The loop, which is hiker, dog walker, and bicycle friendly, links with a boardwalk and foot bridges, leading into shaded woods of gigantic cypress and oak trees. Visit Alderman's Ford Conservation Park and enjoy a day of birdwatching, fishing or hiking the lush woods. The park also hosts four remote campsites for anyone seeking a real wilderness experience without going too far from home.

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State
Access
Features
No ADA Access
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
No Fires
No Pets
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
No Water Hookups
Location
Alderman's Ford Conservation Park Primitive Campground is located in Florida
Latitude
27.8682 N
Longitude
-82.1374 W
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Directions
Primitive campsites can be reserved by calling the park office at (813) 757-3801. These remote sites have a picnic table, hammock stands, and fire pits. There is no water or electricity. An approximately 1 to 1.5 mile hike is required to reach the sites. Restroom facilities (no showers) are located approximately one-half mile from the sites. Important Information Swimming is not permitted anywhere in the park. There is no electric at the shelters, and generators are not allowed. Dogs are allowed in the park, but must be on a 6-inch hand held leash at all times. Alcohol and intoxicated people are not permitted in the park. Pets, bicycles and skateboards are not permitted on the boardwalk
2 Reviews of Alderman's Ford Conservation Park Primitive Campground
Great hide away hike in!

BEAUTIFUL shaded park. Hike in only to the primitive. Tents only.

First to Review
A favorite for the locals

This location is utterly beautiful! So many different environments can be seen just walking the trials. The 4 primitive campsites we found were along the river and we did not see bathrooms or picnic tables or fire rings. The trails are marked well but not often maintained - so you really get the feel that you are in the middle of nowhere. No traffic was heard at night and I would not camp out there alone on a weekend due to the "local party crowd". This is a hike in and hike out site. We only stayed 1 night. No amenities. Lots of birds and wildlife in the late day and early morning. Parking is a small fenced in area before turn in road - no security/lighting appx 1.5 miles from camping area that we found

I would have given this location a 5 except for the large amount of trash we found on trails (that we carried out) and the obvious disregard for rules of no swimming and no alcohol.