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Hillsborough River

1101 East River Cove, Tampa, FL 33612
813-975-2160
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Ranked #13 of 85 attractions in Tampa
Type: Bodies of Water, Forests
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Description: State park campground in forest and along river.
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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This river has many access points available so research what you want to do and find the appropriate type of access. Fishing, water skiing, Nature watching, PWC or canoe/kayak. There are no wake zones and Non motorized craft sections depending on where you put in. There are also dams and weirs so plan your activity accordingly.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Very big park but it's very well label so you won't get lost. It has a place for everything you an do outside. There a place to ride canoes, trails for hiking or mountain bike, walking trails, picnic tables, even areas to walk with your dog.

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Cumming, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We went to the Hillsborough River Park. We were thinking of canoeing, but decided to hike instead. The paths are really well-marked, so you don't really need much of a map. The 3.2 loop was pretty muddy, and we saw a lot of lizards. We didn't expect too much, but were treated to seeing a huge (10 foot?) alligator in... More

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VA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a great place to walk and is connected for many miles. There is a very nice park by the Tampa Museum of Art and the Photographic Museum is close by. This is well kept and has a dog park.

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We have been to the river on more than one occasion and also like to take out of town guest for a day out to go canoeing. You can go to the outpost and rent the canoes for several different trips. You are provided with a map and instructions. A bus takes you to the drop off and from there... More

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wesley chapel, fl
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59 reviews 59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Wonderful place to spend a Saturday or Sunday just paddling down the river. Quiet, relaxing, and serene. No cell phones, fax machines, or ipads to bother with. Wish I could do it every weekend. This a great place.

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London, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We rented canoes and went on a 3 hour guided trip. Saw lots of wildlife and native trees and plants. Very relaxing.

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Moncton, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Fantastic river! We love canoeing down this river from Sargent Park to Trout Creek! The scenery is gorgeous and the wildlife viewing is unbelievable! Turtles, birds and alligators in abundance! To paddle quietly past the turtles and alligators soaking up the sun and the birds feeding on the shore is a privilege we cherish. We've now paddled many gorgeous rivers... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise on this gentle little river, It was peaceful despite being in the middle of Tampa, Wildlife along the riverbank, especially the wading birds and abundant turtles were more than I expected. Will do it again.

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Dover, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Relaxing and calm, the Hillsborough River offers a lot of sites to launch a small boat or canoe. Makes for a quiet weekend adventure that takes you back to Florida nature. But you have to look beyond some building along the river.

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