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Part of an extensive corridor of natural lands – more than 10,000 acres worth east of Tampa – protecting the flow of the Alafia River, Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve offers a surprising treat for a Central Florida hike: whitewater. The Alafia River flows over limestone boulders as it winds through a deeply eroded channel, forming noisy, churning stretches of hydraulics that are mesmerizing to hear and watch. With open fields for birding, ancient live oaks in the dense river bluff forest, and historic reminders of the traditional crossings along the river, this is a trail system that doesn’t look like much from the trailhead, but don’t let that fool you!
Part of an extensive corridor of natural lands – more than 10,000 acres worth east of Tampa – protecting the flow of the Alafia River, Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve offers a surprising treat for a Central Florida hike: whitewater. The Alafia River flows over limestone boulders as it winds through a deeply eroded channel, forming noisy, churning stretches of hydraulics that are mesmerizing to hear and watch. With open fields for birding, ancient live oaks in the dense river bluff forest, and historic reminders of the traditional crossings along the river, this is a trail system that doesn’t look like much from the trailhead, but don’t let that fool you!

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