Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa

#65 of 265 in Nature in Florida
Water Body · State Park
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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  • 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 🤩  more »
  • Unlike all the parks back at home (NY), this park offers a tropical touch to it with beautiful scenes and several trails to walk down. The trail alongside the river is by far the most important and lovely of them all. Definitely a park to remember and one to revisit in the future. Great job keeping the wildlife safe too. Watch out for the snakes and alligators!
  • Beautiful Park! This place is a must see. You can rent canoe's or kayak's to spend time on the beautiful river. It was so thrilling to see a 13 1/2 foot alligator sunning on a bank. We also had a smaller alligator swim under our canoe we watched as he went out of view. There was also a large variety of different species of turtle's enjoying the afternoon sun. The trails are well groomed for a gorgeous walk. We stayed for 14 days before we had to give up our spot because we were at our max for camping in the state park. Bathrooms are cleaned every day. During our stay in March there was coffee and donuts once a week as well as a community pot luck dinner. The rangers are very well educated and happy to share their knowledge they answered all of my questions. The park volunteers do a wonderful job with upkeep of the park. Everyone we had met during pur say were absolutely outstanding! I will send out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone keeping the park safe and beautiful.

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