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Hillsborough River State Park

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Address: 15402 N US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592-2318
Phone Number: +1 813-987-6771
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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Great for kids

I took my 9 and 10 year olds on an easy hike on the rapids trail on a Sunday afternoon. Really pretty and very kid-friendly trails throughout the park. We ended up near the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Christine G
Bartow, Florida
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Bartow, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my 9 and 10 year olds on an easy hike on the rapids trail on a Sunday afternoon. Really pretty and very kid-friendly trails throughout the park. We ended up near the poolside cafe and a playground so we had a quick lunch and then played a while. It was a really nice day trip! We will definitely... More 

Thank Christine G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Water, fun, gators, and Spanish moss what else could you ask for. Kayak at you own risk but I just love it. Had a pinic and no wild dog attacks or homeless people begging. What's a sigh of relief. Great day in the woods by the water.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic park with very helpful staff, we asked where would be best to see Alligators and were told to park up at parking lot 2 and were not disappointed! we saw 4 alligators and other animals. Park is really well maintained and we had a really good afternoon there.

Thank catrinhd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you enjoy the outdoors and looking for something to do than I highly recommended this place. It has walking trails, bike trails, picnic area, swimming pool, rentals, and a café. So if you want to spend a day with your friends and family this it the place to do this. They have places to grill out. Remember your bug... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I only stayed one night and it was not enough. This was part of a state park tour I was doing to get an idea of what the state of Florida has to offer. There are some great trails for short hikes. If your looking for a more moderate hike it's easy to combine a few trails. I stayed in... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff was super pleasant upon check-in. The sites are a little close together, but doable. The park is large and the hiking is great. The river is calm and peaceful, and the rapids are well, "rapids" for Florida. We didn't do any canoeing or kayaking, but it is available. The park store was small, but the concession offered anything... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Peaceful, & tranquil. Long trails of undisturbed nature. I saw snake & alligators. Suspension bridge closed :-/ other bridge was open. River was rough at a certain area (lovely sound of rushing water), & still on other.., my children love to run on the skinny trail by the river :) there's a really big pool at the park, & also... More 

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

canoe rental was reasonable, given plenty of time to get out and return canoe without having to worry about going over time limit, saw many turtles, and several alligators.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I have rented canoes here several times. Its lovely. Paddling down the river-you can typically see alligators, ducks, turtles and I have even seen an otter. It also has picnic areas, parking, a huge pool, camping areas and hiking paths. Its great for the family and dogs. its clean and comfortable (for a outdoor venue)

Thank paula g
Zephyrhills, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

If you want a nice relaxing day, that's the place to go. I believe there's a pool there, not positive.

Thank Kathy G

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