TRAILS of RIVER HILLS
The Trails of River Hills:
Hidden back behind River Hills, our 4.2-mile trail system winds into a dense canopy of towering oaks, bald cypress, palms, and long leaf pines. Thru this priceless gift of nature, runs the timeless Alafia River that contains both freshwater and saltwater fish. Along its banks are water birds, turtles, and alligators. Bordering the Alafia River are lush woods that are home to an abundant amount of animal and bird life. The Alafia River is part of the 410 square mile Alafia Watershed Recharge Zone in West Central Florida and Eastern Hillsborough County. The recharge zone is a system of lakes, ponds, creeks, and streams, that feed into the Alafia River and reservoirs.
The Alafia River is composed of a North Prong that is ten miles long and a south prong that is 25 miles long. The two prongs join north of River Hills to form the Lower Alafia River. The river can be accessed for canoe launch to the north at Alderman Ford Park and just downstream at Lithia Springs Park.
The Alafia watershed is host to a diverse set of natural systems including Wetland Hardwood Forest and Mixed Wetland Forest that makes up most of our Nature Preserve. The watershed can absorb enormous quantities of rain water and is a key component of flood control. As such, we take special care to preserve this property in its natural state where future generations can hear the sights and sounds of this hidden paradise.
The main entrance to the trails is located conveniently behind the River Hills Country Club where hikers have access to parking and can enjoy dining at the clubhouse. Just follow the sidewalk along the left side of the driving range to the main entrance where you will be greeted by a sign at the trailhead.