The Alafia provides the paddler with occasional shoals to get the heart pounding. Ibis, wood stork, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, pileated woodpecker, kingfisher, blue heron, songbirds, alligators and turtles can all be spotted. When the water is high and the current becomes swift, the river is not recommended for beginners. Most of the trail's shorelines are undeveloped and in public ownership. Occasional snags or strainers may require portaging. Because of its scenic nature, the Alafia River is a Florida designated paddling trail.