Located just 20 minutes east of Tampa, Florida, Lithia Springs Conservation Park is a 160-acre recreation area popular for its natural spring water. This modest park is well-loved, especially by locals, and more than half of it is surrounded by the Alafia River.
Swimming in the Springs
Pumping about 35 million gallons daily on average, the Lithia Spring Major provides lots of fresh 72℉ mineral water year-round. The park has a nice swimming area, allowing up to 400 daily visitors to use during two four-hour swim sessions during agreeable weather.
A small entry fee is required per person to use the water and per vehicle to leave in the parking lot. Wristbands must be worn by paying visitors, and sales stop an hour before the pool closes if not already sold out.
Swimming in Lithia Springs requires proper swimming attire, and lifeguards are on duty. The property can get very crowded, especially during summer, so it’s wise to plan ahead when coming to this park. Each day the swim area shuts down from 1 to 2 pm for cleaning and sanitation.
Other popular activities in Lithia Springs include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, walking trails, fishing, and bird watching. Boat rentals are not offered on-site, but many people rent from Alafia River Canoe Rentals Inc, just three miles away from the springs.
There are 45 campsites at the park suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. All are equipped with 30 amp service, and a few with 50 amp service. The sites vary in size but, on average, are around 40-80 feet in length. Some amenities include being close to the water, picnic tables, playgrounds, grills, fire pits, restrooms, and showers.
Pets are allowed in Lithia Springs Conservation Park, but they are prohibited from going into the swimming area.
Address: 3932 Lithia Springs Rd, Lithia, Florida 33547
Hours: Spring/Summer – 8 am to 7 pm, Fall/Winter – 8 am to 6 pm (swimming area closes 1 hour before the park)