Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Hillsborough River State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park
4.5
State Parks • Bodies of Water
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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Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.
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4.5
364 reviews
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Very good
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Average
30
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Kassandra C
1 contribution
Explore Nature
Sep 2021 • Solo
I live 10 min away and this is my favorite park to go to and sit along the beautiful river! Not sure why there are ratings below 5 on here.. anyways nature is truly amazing 🤩
Written September 14, 2021
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SHARON H
1 contribution
worst week end.
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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Shahiyen
Cocoa, FL3 contributions
Not a good park
Jul 2021 • Family
Much better State Parks,

Pros
Paved entrance road, paved perimeter road, rapids are nice, swinging bridge is nice

Cons
Most sites are low and when raining are mud pits. Paved road and bath house are built up, sites are low land with no gravel on most. Some sites have a builf up gravel camp site pad only, but rest of site is low. The park is basically a swamp, standing water everywhere. Mosquitos, mosquitos, mosquitos. 2 of the 3 bath houses are in bad shape, best to stay near site 51C.
Written July 31, 2021
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FloridaRat
2 contributions
Could Have Been a Great RV Stay!
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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MJSimm
6 contributions
Website may say you can fit a 45' 5th wheel but over $20k in damage says otherwise.
May 2021
Before I start I want to say that the park ranger and other employees were great.
Our problem is that their website asked for our 5th wheel size and assigned us a spot, only for us to find out too late that our rv cannot make the the turns on the very narrow tree lined roads with very sharp turns.
Once you are into where the sharp turns are there is no way to back your way back out. Your only choice is forward which ripped the side and back of our roof and siding off, causing over $20,000 in damage and derailing our summer plans to wait for repairs 4 states away from where we're from so it will be weeks in a hotel at best with 3 kids and 3 dogs.
I was a Class A semi driver and can drive and back up better than anyone I know but this park makes it impossible so don't fall for it when the website says your 45 ft 5th wheel can make it through there. You will see several damaged trees throughout the park due to others having the same problem.
Ask any of the rv repair shops in town and they will tell you they do a lot of work on rvs that went to this campground. Even the ranger admitted that this has been an ongoing issue but they haven't made any of the necessary changes to prevent it from continuing to ruin people's vacations and cost fortunes in damage..
Written May 6, 2021
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W. W. A
Daytona Beach, Florida3 contributions
Great place for camping, but...
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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DayTrip24623133033
4 contributions
Caterpillar convention/ invasion.
Mar 2021 • Family
We camp here often and really like the park. Fair warning though...March is caterpillar season. They're everywhere and on everything! And I do mean everywhere! Just be prepared of you're coming this week.
Written March 27, 2021
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636jeff
Fredericktown, OH346 contributions
Fantastic park that is great for all age groups.
Feb 2021 • Family
Largest swimming pool around! Trails branch and connect, resulting in over 9 miles of nice hiking through mostly wooded areas. The suspension bridge for hikers is pretty cool, too.
Written February 4, 2021
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL751 contributions
Just A Bit Untidy
Jan 2021
This is a large State Park with many amenities (most were not available during our stay). We stayed in the oldest loop, and found the heavily treed sites to be mostly level with convenient hookups (water and electric) that functioned properly. Unfortunately the dirt sites do not seem to drain well after even a little rain so the dirt turns to mud and with the shade does not dry out easily. Some sites were more private than others - most were not that private at all. The bath house was clean, but clearly had seen better days. The water was hot with good pressure, but the showers were just okay. The staff indicated to me this will be replaced with a new bath house in the future. The multiple speed bumps through out the park were annoying.
Written January 30, 2021
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reise3
825 contributions
Dog friendly!
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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