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Hillsborough River State Park

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We'll Go Back

Have passed Hillsborough River State Park many times on our way to north Florida, we decided to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edward O
Sarasota, Florida
Great walking trails

We spend a couple of hours here walking some of the trails; could have spent more time if we had... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.
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15402 N US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592-2318
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have passed Hillsborough River State Park many times on our way to north Florida, we decided to check it out for a future all day outing or multi-day camping experience. No question, we'll return for a much longer visit. The trails, river views, huge swimming...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Edward O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spend a couple of hours here walking some of the trails; could have spent more time if we had it. Beautiful walks along the river and then back into the wooded areas. Bridges across the river give great spots for watching the canoes and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MN_Walkers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Helpful staff, maps, many trails. We hiked the River Rapids Trail, Baynard Trail, and Wetlands Restoration Trail. Wonderful nature!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Traci H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time camping here and enjoying their pool which is operated by a private vendor and has a separate cost. The pool is 1/2 acre, HUGE, kid friendly with all edges being shallow, very intersting design, like wading in a the beach....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank StephanieKowacz
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

An amazing ride in the River and we saw some Alligators realle close to our Canoe, I can ensure you that we were taking it very careful. They were swimming around us very close, and some passages is very narrow. It was an exceptional experience.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank rogz2013
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We hiked here a couple of years ago and decide to give camping a try on our way south to Fort Myers. The Campsite was OK, nothing special. We arrived late so we setup our tent in the dark, not a big deal with our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sid_and_Roxy
Reviewed December 18, 2018

I was trying to book the youth camp/primitive sites for a three night stay - these are the only sites that you have to book through the rangers, everything else is through the super-annoying shopped-out site rental service that most state parks have gone with....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank No_Home_Nomad
Reviewed December 18, 2018

if your looking for an adventure, you may want to consider this park. They have nature trails, Rapids, Swinging Bridge, Fishing area, Paddle Boat and Canoe & Kayak rentals for your water adventure { look out for the gators }

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Debbie M
Reviewed November 13, 2018

We have stayed here twice for trips to Tampa. We really enjoyed it both times. The campsites are large and really pretty. The bathhouses were a little odd.... one dressing room with two showers. That was a little awkward. The state park and river itself...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

It’s hard to imagine ANY paddling place in Florida NOT being totally outstanding. The only question is HOW to get there and BE PREPARED to safely launch and recover. Please go to paddleflorida.net to decide how much of this 30-mile trail you want to tackle...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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July 4, 2018|
Response from Restless_in_Tampa | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the name of the trail, but I can give you some general directions. You want to go on the main trail that goes parallel on the opposite side of the river from the side with the main road. I believe it is a... More
April 26, 2018|
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Response from ammomof3 | Reviewed this property |
In my opinion, none of the sites close to the water are private. They are close together and some are short. You'll find larger, more private sites away from the water. We like sites 50, 52, 104, 10, 17, 19. You can also... More