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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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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.

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Good hike, great amenities

Home to the "only Class II river rapids in peninsular Florida" due to some mild outcroppings of rock, it was actually a little surprising to hear rushing water. The teen and I had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Home to the "only Class II river rapids in peninsular Florida" due to some mild outcroppings of rock, it was actually a little surprising to hear rushing water. The teen and I had a lovely walk through the woods using an interpretive nature trail. $6 per car for 2 or more people. The park was pretty empty, but it's clear... More 

1 Thank debePa
Clearwater, Florida
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just returned from this lovely getaway! Close in to the city, but far from the maddening crowd. The campsites are nice and wooded, although no septic hook up. That is fine, but the restrooms are simply horrible! It's not that the volunteers don' clean them. They are so old that no amount of cleaners can fix the decrepit conditions.... More 

Thank Lifeknight
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Visited over Christmas break. Our family camped on site for two nights and three days. Not wowed by camping as the sites are toooooo close to each other. I personally like some buffer between me and the next family. The hiking and fishing was wonderful! We hiked assorted trails totaling about 5 miles that included a visit to some Rapids... More 

Thank Pigwahlah
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This was our first of four stops as part of our family winter break trip. We had a great time at our fire, enjoyed the quiet and serenity, were close to the restrooms which were clean and walked for hours hiking the trails. The park itself is massive and will certainly visit again!

Thank Munch1002
Rock Hill, SC
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We came to this campground on recommendations by folks on RVing Fun on Facebook. Grounds are nice but campground is probably the least favorite place we have ever stayed. Other state parks have sites that are so private with vegetation between each site. No so here. Site on one side wraps around the back of our site - if we... More 

Thank AnnTRockHill_SC
Acworth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Easily accessible. Great place for a cooler day in Florida. We hiked for a couple of hours on several trails in the park. We like the ones along the river. It has a wonderful pool, restaurant, restrooms, bike rentals, a large playground and picnic area. So lovely to see families coming out to spend a day amidst nature.

1 Thank Magdalena C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking to get away from the crazy city life for a few days, you definitely have to put this one on the list. The camping grounds are equipped with water and electricity and of course a grill. One advice I have is not to choose sites that are either too close to the entrance or close to... More 

Thank SidkaLR
Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Had some time on my own so my daughter suggested visiting this state park since it was fairly close to her work in Seffner, FL. This is a small state park, with easy, short hikes on level ground - well maintained trails along the Hillsborough River - and other areas. There is a small cafe with hot dog/hamburger fare and... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Very good tour and learned a lot about the history of this part of FL. Volunteers tell the story of the Fort and the history of the Seminole Indians vs the Floridians.

Thank Julie B
Thonotosassa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Beautiful hikes along the river are to be had! Remember to bring your insect spray since it's wet and the insects are bad. Looking forward to the pool opening. The campground looks nice the the bathrooms were clean. Give it a try.

Thank Kay S

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