Lithia is a community rich in history and culture. Agriculture, saw mills, and phosphate mining were the drivers of its economy since its settlement in the 1800’s. The area was first settled by James and Roxanna Alderman who homesteaded 80 acres. Originally named Pelot after a Methodist preacher, the name was changed to Lithia after the discovery of a high concentration of the mineral lithium in one of its spring.
Today, the community of Lithia remains small but well connected to Brandon and main highways for easy access to downtown Tampa. Lithia is home to famous Lithia Springs Park and Alderman’s Ford Park. All offering many outdoor activities visitors and residents have come to enjoy.
About Lithia Springs Regional Park
The 160-acre park, located on the Alafia River, offers varied plant communities, river cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks and high sand hills that provide terrain not often seen in Hillsborough County.
The park’s major attraction is the natural spring that provides an excellent swimming experience since the water temperature remains at 72 degrees year around. In addition to swimming, there is a bath house, playground and picnic facilities.
Lithia Springs is also a popular camping spot with 40 sites and two shower houses. The campground office always closes one hour earlier than the remainder of the park. Those wishing to camp should arrive early
About Alderman's Ford Regional Park
This scenic regional park includes the area where the Alafia River branches into its north and south prongs. The Alafia River is one of the most popular canoe spots in the state.
Several picnic areas are connected by a pedestrian/bicycle loop path. This path, together with the boardwalk and foot bridges, is perfect for a self-guided tour as it provides a first-hand view of Hillsborough County’s abundant flora.
The main picnic area has nine shelters for family or group use, and an enclosed, air conditioned pavilion for large gatherings. All are available for rental by calling 813-635-3500.
A pedestrian/bicycle trail loops for more than two miles through the park, offering scenic views of the Alafia River.