Enjoy swimming, camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities

Well-known for its natural spring which flows year-round, cool, clean water into the Alafia River, the Lithia Springs Park was originally purchased by Gardinier, Inc., a mining company that soon became Mosaic Phosphate, Inc. When the company leased the park to Hillsborough County as a recreational area in 1957, the 160-acre site slowly became a popular camping spot.

After setting up camp, hikers can explore the woodsy trails and its diverse plant communities, river cypress swamps, and hardwood hammocks. But it is the natural spring that serves as the park’s major attraction, which---courtesy of the water’s 72 degree temperature---provides an excellent swimming experience all year long. In addition to swimming, visitors can fish and play volleyball.

There are also a benches and picnic tables near the playground for the parents to rest and chat, while their kids can play at the park.


The park’s 45 camping sites---most are suitable for RVs---include water/shower and electrical services. The campers also have access to picnic shelters and tables, restrooms, and fire pits. There are no reservations for these sites; everything is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.

RV/Trailer/Tent campsite information

  • 45 campsites (2 serve as host sites)
  • All sites offer 30 amp service, 15 sites also offer 50 amp service
  • Sites range from 14 feet. in length to over 100 feet, with most sites between 40 - 80 feet


  • Regular rate - $24 per night, up to 8 people with 1 RV/trailer or 2 tents
  • Adult 55+ discount rate - $18 per night if your party includes an adult 55 or older (must be present for all nights)
  • Adult 65+ and resident discount rate - $12 per night if your party includes an adult 65 or older and is also a resident of Hillsborough County (must be present for all nights)

Lithia also offers camping for non-profit, 501(c) youth groups, which can accommodate groups as small as 12 to as large as 50. These sites have potable water, picnic tables and fire pits, but no electricity. To reserve youth group camping sites, you must provide proof you are with an organized youth group. The cost is $2 per night, per person.

Park rules to know

  • Picnic shelters are not rented for the months April-September
  • All shelters, tables, and grills and parking spaces are first come, first serve
  • Due to the high demand of the swimming area and current conditions, maximum capacity is reached on weekends
  • No rain checks/refunds
  • Bounce houses are not allowed
  • See more rules and expectations
  • FEMA Public Notice - Lithia Springs

Swimming and camping updates

  • Swim times will be divided into two, four-hour time limits with a maximum capacity of 200 swimmers during each time slot.
    • Time Slot #1: 9 AM - 1 PM
    • Time Slot #2: 2 PM - 6 PM
  • Sanitation of the swim area will occur in between the two time slots
  • Swim bands cannot be reserved ahead of time or purchased over the phone
  • Swim bands will only be sold for guests at the park, they cannot be purchased for guests not present at the park
  • Swim bands can only be purchased for one of the two time slots
  • Swim bands will not be sold one hour prior to swimming area closing
  • Swimming area subject to close due to thunder, lightning, and inclement weather
Last Modified: 7/8/2024, 1:42:21 PM