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Hillsborough River State Park

15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa, FL 33592
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Bodies of Water
Description: Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.
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Tampa, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Went to walk the trails and visit the park for my first time was amazed at how beautiful it is!!!!A must see the rapids trail is awesome being that rapids are rare in Tampa they have a swimming pool,camp ground.picnice area and kayak and canoe rentals

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Orange City, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

By far, if you love riding your bike, or can't resist driving around in a golf cart, or like the huge swimming pool, or you’re into people watching, this park's for you! Always bring your bug repellent, and always make certain your pet has a flea and tick collar. We camp in a 27 foot travel trailer, along with 2... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The park is beautiful. Trails for bikes and walking are terrific. Wildlife is everywhere. The rangers are terrific and helpful. The campground is in desperate need of renovations. After the rains, many sites are under water and extremely muddy. Why the state doesn't bring in loads of gravel is a question no one could answer. The legislature needs to address... More

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Tampa, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Have camped here twice and keep discovering new things. The pool is included as a camper. It is great after a hike. Open in the summer. They have canoe rentals but lots of gators in the river. Lovely though. The Rapids trail is a nice little hike. Campground good. We liked our site 52. Will come back.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visit many state parks camping and this by far has been one of our favorites. So much to do (kayaking, swimming, fishing, geocaching, hiking and more). Grounds are very well-maintained. Hiking trails are nice and very scenic. Boardwalks and suspension bridge along trails are very nice. Lots of picnic areas. Campground is quiet and sites vary in size and... More

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Tampa, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My wife and I visited Hillsborough River State Park for the first time yesterday afternoon after finishing a Kayak run further south on the river. What a wonderful park! We enjoyed our picnic lunch (that my wife had prepared earlier) by the river front while sharing "tales" of wildlife sightings with fellow park goers. There are plenty of picnic tables... More

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Hudson, Florida, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

You feel welcomed from the moment you are greeted at the gate. There are many things to do. Trails, one goes to some rapids, one goes over a suspention bridge, many many many aligators can be seen throughout your walk. They rent canoes, some really cool 4 person bikes with a little roof over them. They also have a swimming... More

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West Chase, Florida, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Beautiful grounds super close to the city. Note... you have to pay to enter! Lots of space for grilling and picnic tables are everywhere. Great place to take the kids and dogs.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stayed at Clearwater Beach so the drive was over an hour. The perfect place to kayak. Saw 3 alligators. They are afraid of people and we were careful to not scare them away. Football size turtles sunning themselves. April seems like such a nice time to be there. The park is incredibly large. Great paths to walk. There is... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Plenty to do here. Picnic areas, shelter houses all over the place. Park areas. At only $6 per car, the park is a bargain for any family looking to wear their kids out. We walked the wetland restoration trail. Honestly not impressed. But I admit to being spoiled by the metro parks in my area. But the river rapids trail... More

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