Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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SHARON H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We went the week of August 21st 2021. WE WOULD NEVER GO BACK! The pool was closed over 100 degrees that weekend. The river is so polluted you can't swim in the
river, even the water at the campsite is not good. The park rangers told people it was not safe for a slip and slid, no plastic pool. You cant get the water in your mouth.
I also felt the Park Rangers were racial profiling the people across from our campground. They had lots of kids no water activities, were open and they shot down every family activity the people tried to have fun.

WE had 3 adults and watched the park rangers constantly going over there stopping their activities. It was ridiculous they should close the campground
we could not believe the way the park rangers were acting. The people at the campsite were very nice and no one would enjoy paying to camp with no activities
open.
We did take our bikes, and kayaks that was good.
Written August 31, 2021
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SandraMu
Fort Worth4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Honestly, very disappointed. Based on the things I had read, I was really excited for this camping trip. 1. You can not hear the river from the campground. 2. The rapids have been closed since 2019. 3. The entire campground is a water table, so it stays extremely wet. 4. Not only is the stationary bridge closed (and has been since Irma!!) so are the two big trails: Bayard and the Wetlands. There is No Privacy between sites and I was shocked at the number of people having to be in sites that were almost under water. 5. The site mentions the cafe is closed - that means the pool is closed, the canoe and kayak rentals are closed and besides the one 1.1 mile hiking loop and there is absolutely nothing to do.
Written September 19, 2020
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icemodeled
Florida519 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We have been to this state park several times, it’s a great park with lots of trails and amenities. Rentals, cafe, pool, fishing and hiking. However this was our first time camping here. We were rather disappointed. Arrival check in was easy and quick. Campsites are not very private, which we prefer. Our site ended up being quite sloped. With a pop up camper we were unable to level it properly and had to move it several times to find a flatter spot. Setup here took 3x longer then normal. Their sites are not well maintained compared to places we been(all being state parks). Very sandy and sinks easily. Fire pit still have coals and trash in it. Picnic tables needed power washed.

We seen lots of staff out walking and driving carts around yet bathroom toilet paper was empty, dog bag stations empty. Bathrooms not well cleaned. Seen a lady staff member go inside bathroom with spray bottle. She did not wipe anything down, only sprayed and left. When it needed a clean and restock. They had a display out showing recyclable items, but several pieces had came off and needed reglued. Little things like this would be an easy fix and make things seem much more maintained. One of the bridges were damaged by Irma, yet it doesn’t seem they plan to fix it anytime soon. Issue is this makes trying to access trails more difficult. All the roads within the campground are terrible! Very rough broken up road with potholes. Very much needs fixed. We like to take walks around the campground and with a stroller it made it very difficult. Pool and cafe were closed, so unable to speak about those. We do love a lot of the trails, very nice rapids area great for pictures and watching. It’s a beautiful place nature wise, just wish things were better maintained here. By far the worst campground we have visited. I can not recommend camping here!
Written June 6, 2020
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reise3
1,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We enjoyed two of the five trails and especially enjoyed hiking along the scenic river. We brought our dog and saw several other families with dogs as well. All seemed very courteous & respectful of the non-dog hikers. Great place to visit on a mild day. Not sure what the campgrounds are like, but we noticed a huge pool that looked very inviting. If there just for the day, pay with exact cash ($6) using the cash box system or pay online for contactless entry.
Written December 30, 2020
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W. W. A
Daytona Beach, Florida3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This was our first time camping here. It's a beautiful park with a lovely shaded campground and lots of oak trees. The quality of the individual sites varies quite a bit, but all of them are pretty decent. But there's one big problem--as you can see from the photo, there's a wastewater treatment plant between the loops right in the middle of the campground! The plant's motor/generator was very noisy and ran 24 hours a day. It's especially loud if you're camping in sites 82 - 100. We had to use earplugs to sleep at night. If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet, reserve a site on one of the other loops. Otherwise, we had no complaints. The staff was friendly and there are lots of hiking and kayaking opportunities.
Written March 28, 2021
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FloridaRat
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I know we’re supposed to be in the wilderness, but we were not expecting to park on a muddy swamp. They could have elevated the parking pad a few inches with pebbles or rock (preferably a concrete pad). Good thing we decided to bring a throw away rug. The dump station is not level, making it difficult to totally drain the tanks. The gravel roads were in poor repair and full of large potholes! The rest room is not screened, so mosquitoes are a problem. You’re cleaning yourself to get eaten by the bugs! We wouldn't mind paying more for better maintenance! Otherwise, the state park is very nice, and the staff were friendly!
Written July 17, 2021
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DoingWhatWeLove
United States39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Go! Go! Go! This spot is amazing. We hiked about 7 miles and saw: snakes, wild boar, deer, squirrels, 'gators, tons of birds, a red-shoulder hawk and a bobcat (we think). The trails are spectacularly maintained and marked. The crowds were minimal and those folks with whom we did interact were super friendly. Can't wait to return. For only $6 you can't do anything to spend your money better. We didn't camp, so can't speak for the campgrounds.
Written November 7, 2020
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Dee Dee
Atlanta, GA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Our stop at Hillsborough River State Park was just a last minute decision, getting from Point A to Point B, with no planning for it what-so-ever. We could not have made a better choice and cannot wait to buy a camper and go back for an extended stay. The young lady taking our money had a great interactive personality, so that always starts things off right.
The park is drop dead gorgeous with numerous trails, parking spaces, picnic tables, and "a river runs through it." Florida has some of the greatest state parks in the country and Hillsborough River State Park is up near the top of the ones we have had the opportunity to visit. Go, you will be amazed.
Written March 5, 2023
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Onthego1950
West Bend, WI148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The $6.00 entry fee is very reasonable. Be sure to take the River Rapids Trail Hike. It is an easy hike with great views of the river and the class 2 rapids. Good signage to explain the flora and fauna you might see. It was fun to go over the suspension bridge. We saw lots of birds, turtles and a 8’ alligator. Happy he was taking a nap! Great place to enjoy a picnic lunch. They offer bike and canoe rentals, along with camping and a cafe! It’s well worth a visit!
Written February 10, 2020
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Abigail O
Northeastern Ontario, Canada95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
If you are visiting west central Florida, this state park is a MUST! You will feel like you are experiencing the REAL Florida...the one before all the theme parks and strip malls. It's wonderful! We especially loved the rapids trail along the river. It's an easy walk with scenic rapids, alligators, turtles, and beautiful bald cypress trees, including a short side trail to a massive bald cypress with a partially hollowed out base. Look for this fun photo opp. There is a very cool old CCC-built suspension bridge at the end. CAUTION: Lots of poison ivy. Stay on the trail!

We also liked the wetland trail but it's quite long. We walked from the parking area for about 20 minutes till we heard lots of birds off in the distance on the left. We could see paths through the grass so we ventured in and walked off trail about 5 minutes till we found a large pond with lots of large wading birds and beautiful stands of bald cypress trees. We got repeatedly scolded by a pair of large red shouldered hawks, which was fun. :)

You can walk all the way around the pond and then head back to the trail and walk back out. We did not walk the entire wetland trail...it's quite long.
Written April 1, 2022
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