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Hillsborough River State Park

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Address: 15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa, FL 33592
Phone Number: 813-987-6771
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Description: Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.

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WONDERFUL Park - river rapids were really cool!!!

We've lived here a long time; but, didn't know about this park. It was really lush and beautiful! It was surprising 2 C the river rapids. There were insects--we had 2 walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Odessa, Florida
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Odessa, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We've lived here a long time; but, didn't know about this park. It was really lush and beautiful! It was surprising 2 C the river rapids. There were insects--we had 2 walk really fast 2 stay away from the biting flies!!! (May 2015). They have an enormous swimming pool. We ate at the concession stand in front of the swimming... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The river is absolutely beautiful, very clear and wonderful for kayaking or canoeing. There are alligators but leave them alone and they won't bother you. The campsites are mostly ok, some are more private then others. The hiking and biking trails are very nice, many of them run alongside the river. The pool was closed for two days while we... More 

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Oakwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My husband and I greatly enjoyed this park. Park staff is very friendly. The park and hiking trails are very nice and well maintained. At the time of our visit one of the bridges on the hiking trail was closed for repair although the end of the hike could be completed as an in and out. The river is beautiful... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

What a nice day. We had just bought our Kayaks and wanted to put them in the water and the park was really close. We had been there on the foot trails and loved it but never on the river. We were able to go up river a good distance and we saw 10-20 gators of all sizes just hanging... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great park not far from Tampa or Lakeland. The rapids are a wonderful site to see. Here, you can hike the trails, canoe the river, and camp in the park. There's a nice sized pool here for those wanting to swim (you cannot swim in the river) and a cafe for those needing lunch. If you want to see wildlife,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Great trip. Towards the start we went right and hit some rapids. They aren't anything crazy but I did end up having to walk some parts. Watch out for snakes and alligators as I saw quite a few of both. Once you get past all the rapids it is a nice smooth ride. Over all great trip.

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I can't comment on the camp grounds, pool or other amenities - only the canoeing. Great afternoon in the outdoors. They rent canoes (along with paddles, life jackets, etc. - all you'll need) at a very reasonable rate. If you don't have your own equipment (canoe, kayak, etc.) this is a great way to enjoy the river. Very peaceful -... More 

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Key West
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

First let me say this is a beautiful park. Great family facilities with playgrounds and a huge pool (use of pool is included with camping fee). However, on weekends the park is over run with small children some who could use better supervision. Also, the pool can max out on weekends. ALSO, a number of the campsites are LOW and,... More 

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Union Beach, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

It's amazing how beautiful nature is! This state park is so clean. The pool is like a giant lake-crystal clear! Great Rangers! Bike trails, walking trails, 2 & 4 seater bikes. Our family of 4 camped in our 36ft Class A Motorhome, large sites! Had a fire every night, made smores and great memories! So much to do or just... More 

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Tampa, FL
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144 reviews 144 reviews
64 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My wife and I spent two nights here trying out our new tent. We picked a site on Reserve America (half-price for Senior Florida residenrs) and were pleased with our selection. Even though it was 90 degrees the many trees and the slight breeze made for a comfortable day. I agree with all the positive reviews; friendly & helpful Rangers,... More 

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