Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park is known as one of Florida’s first state parks. Opening back in 1938, this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. Hillsborough River State Park offers a wide array of amenities for its guests all while being rich with activities for you to enjoy.

 

The river is great for all adventure seekers as it provides activities ranging from fishing, canoeing and kayaking. You can launch your canoe or kayak at parking lot #4. If you didn’t bring your own canoe or bike, don’t fret! The concession provides rentals for these as well as golf carts. Also available at the concession are breakfast and lunch menus, camping and picnic supplies and a variety of memorable souvenirs. For rates and hours of operation, do not hesitate to contact the Hillsborough Park Pool Side Café at 813.986.3322.

 

Other activities for adventure seekers include hiking. There are over seven miles of nature trails—with The Wetlands Restoration Trail accommodating both bicycles and hikers only. Weather permitting, visitors can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the park’s ADA accessible swimming pool. Pool operating hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For swimming pool information and updates, contact 813.987.6771.

 

You can either take it easy and hook up your RV or rough it and tent camp here at Hillsborough River State Park. There is a primitive campsite available via foot trail with reservations always being recommended to obtain that position.

 

Also included in the Hillsborough River State Park is the Fort Foster State Historic Site. It is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. Due to the sensitivity of this historic site, experiencing Fort Foster is only available via ranger-guided interpretive tours every Saturday at 2pm and 4pm and on Sunday at 11am for $2.00 a person.

 

Come visit Hillsborough River State Park!

 

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