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Hillsborough River State Park

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Great place!

Helpful staff, maps, many trails. We hiked the River Rapids Trail, Baynard Trail, and Wetlands... read more

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Traci H
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Manitowoc, United States
Somethign really amazing just outside the big city of Tampa!

We had a great time camping here and enjoying their pool which is operated by a private vendor and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
StephanieKowacz
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Gainesville
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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 yesterday

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 5 days 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 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 2 weeks 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 14 November 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 12 November 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 6 October 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 16 August 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
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inspirefly
5 July 2018|
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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
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WendyS556
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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
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