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Hillsborough River State Park

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Gator for real

An amazing ride in the River and we saw some Alligators realle close to our Canoe, I can ensure you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stockholm, Sweden
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Excellent park

if your looking for an adventure, you may want to consider this park. They have nature trails... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Debbie M
Dade City, Florida
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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 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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Thank CanoeU70
Reviewed October 6, 2018

escape back to nature with boat rentals available to tour the park via Hillsborough River. Several walking trails available, various lengths and durability for beginners to pro hilkers. Enjoy a picnic as well and relax in the great scenery. There is also a campground for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Roberta H
Reviewed August 16, 2018

My wife and I drove here from St. Pete for the pool and a little picnic. It is significantly quieter if you go to the pool on a weekday. There were maybe only 50 people between the pool and picnic pavillions. Also, if you get...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael B
Reviewed July 29, 2018

This Florida State Park is great if you're looking for somewhere to camp near Tampa but not in the middle of the hustle and bustle! Something that sets it aside from other state parks is that it has a pool! This is a great amenity...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jouppioutdoors
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

We went over to Hillsborough River State Park to visit with some family camping in the RV camping area. The staff was very helpful showing us where to go. The park is well signed and we had little trouble finding our family. There has been...More

Date of experience: July 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