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Hillsborough River State Park

Address: 15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa, FL 33592
Phone Number: 813-987-6771
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.
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Type: State Parks, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.
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Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My boyfriend and I come to this park quite often with no problem. Our most recent visit was rather aggravating. We pulled up to pay and the young man at the window just looked us over and asked what our plans were for the day. We replied that we were there to do some hiking and he looked us over... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

sun shining and in the eyes at times with turtles snakes and although gators are there i didnt see them from my plastic paddle boat. the return trip with sun behind me created the most gorgeous reflections on the black mirrored water my eyes have ever seen.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a large park just a few miles from Tampa off of US Hwy 301.The entrance road is a little narrow but paved and our site was level came with a picnic table, fire ring, electric and water. Plenty of space between the sites gave us a lot of privacy. Bath and shower facility was adequate but a little... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Rapids trail was so scenic and beautiful! There are alligators and Ibis , different species of Palm trees and foliage.

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Like any other Florida state park I've visited, Hillsborough River State Park was very clean and well maintained. More than that, there are a ton of things to do, including beautiful hiking and nature trails, canoeing and kayaking downstream of Class 2 rapids, bicycle and surrey rentals, tram tours of the park and of nearby Fort Foster (used by US... More 

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Every time I go to Hillsborough state park I always enjoy it. The park offers beautiful scenery, different levels of walking trails from easy to intense hike. Trails are clean and well kept. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Entrance fee is $ per car. I plan on visiting again numerous time this winter/spring. Very hot and humid in summer,... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to stay in the campground and chill for a couple days after a hectic NYE. Unfortunately, like most Florida state parks in the winter, it was full of snowbirds from up north. So I was a day visitor and thoroughly enjoyed hiking the trails with a picnic lunch in between. Lovely park, bit busy as you would expect... More 

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San Juan, null, Puerto Rico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is a well mantained and beautiful venue. Connect with nature in this vast wetland. Lots of trails, kayaling, biking, they rent all equipment from multilple seat bikes to canoes and kayaks. We had a 2yr and a 6yr old child with us, they were able to to do the canoes. Lots of fun you can actually see a couple... More 

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Mokena
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This park has it all. Bike trails, swimming pool, hiking along the river and elsewhere. The campground is clean, roomy and has showers.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Such a pretty place to walk. The rapids trail was simply stunning. We also saw lots of birds and a huge gator! It was easy to find parking. I noticed that they had equipment that you could rent and fire wood to by if you where camping. My friend actually booked a camping weekend for her family because of the... More 

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