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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Description: Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.

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Beautiful Campground

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Robin B
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Union Beach, New Jersey
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Key West
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW 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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
57 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Me and my wife camp here in a 36 foot rv. I do have to say this first. There was a group of young people range from 16 to 18 that where some great kids that stayed wright behind us in tents. There parents stayed on the other side of the park , no meanness no foul language. This kids... More 

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Bradford, Massachusetts
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I came to the park to get in a run on the many trails but you could bike, swim, fish, canoe, and camp (and more!) at this gem. I took my parents on a short hike to the river to see the rapids, they were a bit antsy to go back as it was very buggy. After getting them back... More 

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Becket, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great Florida State Park . I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting up close to see waterfowl, alligators and birds of this area. Bring plenty of bug repellent on walking/hiking trails.Canoe rental paddle was one of the best we've done in FL. Give extra time for going back upstream to return rentals canoes.

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Manitoba, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If I were to actually rate my experience, I would be going with 2 or 3 stars. I am trying to be fair and to imagine the park without the unusually high rain fall this year and assuming the bugs are usually not so bad. Would be fabulous in the dry season. The sites were great - large, level, easy... More 

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Athens, Ohio, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I went with a friend and one of his friends (both are kayak tour guides) because I needed some time paddling on the water before summer time. The number of animals we observed was quite impressive (approximately 60 gators, 2 cottonmouths, 1 river otter, several limpkins and cormorants). We had a wonderful time drifting, paddling, looking around at cypress trees... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I thought this park was absolutely stunning, it is one of Florida's oldest state parks so it is well developed compared to other state run facilities. So going in knowing that it is one of the oldest parks, the outdated bathroom houses were of no surprise, but they were always extremely clean so it was never an issue. There was... More 

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Kansas City
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were in town for medical tests at one of the big clinics. Always look for a place to go and enjoy the outdoors. Reviewed Lettuce Lake Park last year. This year we went here. A must do. Beautiful well groomed trails along the river. A little rapids which are neat but in reality small compared to most rivers in... More 

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