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Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa

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Hillsborough River State Park is located in the northeast corner of Hillsborough County, Florida near Zephyrhills (which is itself in Pasco County). It is a popular park due to its proximity to the city of Tampa.

The park consists of over 3,383 acres, and there are more than seven miles of trails that run throughout it. Popular activities include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, camping, birding, easy to moderate hiking, trail running, and Nature photography. The park has award-winning campgrounds, a restaurant, and gift shop. Canoes and bicycles can be rented at the park.
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  • We camped at Hillsboro for 8 days. It was raining most of the time we spent there. Our site got flooded and then muddy after most of the water dried. They really need to add parking pads to the... 
    We camped at Hillsboro for 8 days. It was raining most of the time we spent there. Our site got flooded and then muddy after most of the water dried. They really need to add parking pads to the...  more »
  • Great place for the outdoors, the rain put a damper on our day, but we managed to see somethings.The rushing river gave you a place to relax and some people even was fishing. Alot of areas for... 
    Great place for the outdoors, the rain put a damper on our day, but we managed to see somethings.The rushing river gave you a place to relax and some people even was fishing. Alot of areas for...  more »
  • If you are visiting west central Florida, this state park is a MUST! You will feel like you are experiencing the REAL Florida...the one before all the theme parks and strip malls. It's wonderful! We.....  more
    If you are visiting west central Florida, this state park is a MUST! You will feel like you are experiencing the REAL Florida...the one before all the theme parks and strip malls. It's wonderful! We.....  more »
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  • Went for a day hike, did about 10 miles of the trails. Really enjoyed the river. There are simple trails that allow you to see the rapids, while small, the bubbling water flowing over the rocks is pretty cool and rare for this area. These can be seen on a short hike without doing a long-distance hike. I would say less than five minutes from the parking along the road. A ranger at the entrance can direct you if that is what you want to see. There are very nice boardwalks and paths along the river in this area. Very user friendly and very scenic. There are other areas with bathrooms, camping etc. We only hiked the trails. Going over the suspension bridge was a very fun experience. The water was much clearer than I anticipated. We saw a good many fish, and there were many alligators to see too. The trails were clear enough to follow, and not so wide as to feel like you were hiking on a road. Doing the longest portion that goes past the route to the primitive camping we only saw one other set of hikers. I enjoyed this area greatly as we saw some huge oaks and the portion that runs along the river gave a real glimpse at a river in a very natural state.
  • This state park gives you the best parts of natural Florida. It is exceptionally well maintained, and trails are easy to navigate and follow. There is a playground for kids, and my son loves it. There is bountiful wildlife to see here- this past trip we saw lots of turtles and an unusual amount of red shouldered hawks. There is really good tree cover for most of the trails, so it is one of the better trails to undertake during the summertime.
  • Me and my husband went camping for a couple of days here. Beautiful park with lots of hiking areas near river. Well maintained and lots to see. Both primitive and RV camping available with water and power hookups. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Very peaceful when we were there. Can't wait to go back.
  • Visited on Saturday 7/9/22 with my wife and kids (13/10/8). we only hiked the Rapids Trail, which was excellent. The trail was well maintained and dry, which was a surprise as storms had gone through the night before. We saw wildlife (birds, fish, alligators) and the rapids and riverbank are unique sights for the area. Will definitely return to hike the other trails (probably without kids!) and enjoy the huge swimming pool when it reopens in 2023.
  • Incredible park, the trails are manicured enough to walk but not so much that it makes you feel like it’s too humanized. I came here really wanting to see an alligator and on the way out we were able to see one swimming in the river. The water is crystal clear, you can see TONS of fish swimming around. There were some incredible birds as well and some turtles. Out of our 7 day trip to Tampa this was definitely one of the best places we went.

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