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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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Good for canoeing

I am a Tampa native/resident. My dad and I have canoed the river ever since I was 4 years old. We like to bring our own canoe, rather than rent one at the rental places out there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I am a Tampa native/resident. My dad and I have canoed the river ever since I was 4 years old. We like to bring our own canoe, rather than rent one at the rental places out there because the rental places usually only go on a small portion of the river. We like going on about 6 miles of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A beautiful place for relaxing fresh air and. I Enjoy to walk around area great view and I felt like safely in evening time

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Live on the Hillsboro River,A great place for boating ,fishing.and during the cold season you may see a manatee are two.

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Lakeland, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I enjoyed my ride down Hillsborough River.. I launched just off Fowler exit (from I- 75) at a public ramp. The river was slow enough I could paddle against the current for a half mile then a quicker ride back. The only thing I didn't care for was both sides of the river is full of private houses all the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Canoe, kyaak, pontoon boat... they are all great ways to see the river. Wildlife at every turn. Gators, turtles, hawks, ospreys, mallards, and more. The entire river is minimum wake, slow for the entire portion north of 56th Street in Temple Terrace. Thre are two boat ramps, one at the park in Temple Terrace, just off Riverhills Drive and another... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A beautiful place for an evening stroll... You get a great view of the Tampa skyline and can see the minarets of the University of Tampa. There are places to sit and stop and get something to eat. Joggers and families were using it and it felt quite safe in the evening.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took our 17' boat down a few times. Nice relaxing somewhat scenic trip. We see several people kayaking. That would not be for us as there are gators too. They do not seem to bother the kayakers or the boaters.

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Plant City, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We went swimming in a crowded pool. went fishing and got eaten up by mosquitoes. but the park was still nice

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Spent a nice day on the river- put in at Lowry park on a thursday- the day was beautiful and the boat ramp was very good- could only find one place to dock and eat on the river which made the day not as great as it could have been

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Enjoyed outdoors Rec Hall and Splash pool. We had a good canopy of trees for shade while outdoor sunshine.

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