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Hillsborough River

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Address: 1101 East River Cove, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone Number: 813-975-2160
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Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Description: State park campground in forest and along river.

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Florida At It's Best!

The brackish water of the Hillsborough River is an excellent canoe trip. Pack a cooler with a jug of water and some lunch for a nice and relaxing trip in to nature. The mosses... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The brackish water of the Hillsborough River is an excellent canoe trip. Pack a cooler with a jug of water and some lunch for a nice and relaxing trip in to nature. The mosses hanging in the Cypress of old Florida, wild orchids on trees, the solitude and serenity is pleasantly accepted. Enjoy lunch on a blanket while absorbing nature.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you enjoy seeing Florida with its Grandfather oak trees and sable palms and the way the settlers saw Florida years ago, then take a canoe ride down the Hillsborough River. The winding and turning of the river is beautiful, don't forget your camera.

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Spokane, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a "work in progress". The good people of Tampa are in the process of creating a River Walk which will allow folks to stroll alongside the river. At the moment there are gaps which are in the process of being built. This is a great place to enjoy some peace and quiet in downtown Tampa.

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The riverwalk was under construction at the time. It looks like it will be real nice when completed.

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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Lovely walks that the city is still constructing along the river. Free cellphone charging points along the way too! Many picnic areas and restroom stops if you need them. Take bug spray!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a beautiful river. We rented a canoe the river twist and turns and is so relaxing. The only down side is lack of bathrooms. Still a really good time

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The City of Tampa and County have been working to clean up the river and enhance its features....boardwalks and taxi service and signature waterfront buildings and landscaping with native plants and a dog park. Used for rowing races.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This state park is great. The river is beautiful and there are lots of wildlife coming and going; we saw squirrels, woodpeckers, a gator and a raccoon. You can hire canoes and kayaks (pretty pricey really) and there's a pool that's free for campers with a cafe attached. My only issue was with the campgrounds, the sights are fairly big... More 

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New Lebanon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Yeah, lots of 'em. We canoed the river & wow...don't flip your canoe. Pretty sure the inspiration for the new Godzilla movie was taken from one of the monsters we saw. When you see someone in a fishing boat WITH A MOTOR going the other way & they say...big gator down there...believe them.

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Downstream of the dam is tidal and fully developed. Upstream of the dam is used for a lot of recreation. The most scenic part is north of Fletcher Avenue all of which is idle speed only. Hillsborough River State Park is a great day trip for hiking and camping.

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