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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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Beautiful and relaxing

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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163 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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49 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went kayaking as a family and the trip was just beautiful. There was so much wildlife- we saw turtles, fish, snakes and even some alligators. The kayaking was just challenging enough to make it interesting and time for a lot of laughs when we got temporarily stuck.

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The Bay Area, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Brand new river walk is very well done and offers beautiful views of the best building of Tampa, both day and night. Plenty of seating places, some water works, public toilets.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Wow, one loves nature, we should not forget visiting this kind of cute and beautiful river...very nice

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Hillsborough River park natural beauty and charm is all around. You must take a bike ride around the park and enjoy the scenery. The park is full of amenities, and is a beautiful place to hang around and spend a day or so wallowing in this natural beauty.

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