Hillsborough River State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 112
Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 100
About: Opened in 1938, Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s first state parks; this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a canoe/kayak launch is available at parking lot#4. Some of our amenities are the Spirit of the Woods Café’ which is open 9am-5pm seven days a week. This concession provides breakfast and lunch daily from 9am-4pm, camping & picnic supplies, and a variety of memorable souvenirs. Canoes and bikes can be rented from 9am –3pm and all rental equipment must be returned by 4pm. Hikers can walk over seven miles of nature trials. (Rapids Trail, Baynard Trail, a sub-section of the Florida Trail and the Wetlands Restoration Trail. Note: Wetlands Restoration accommodates both bicyclists and hikers only. When the weather calls for it, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the park’s ADA accessible swimming pool. Please contact the park for swimming pool informational updates at (813) 987-6771.) The park offers full-facility camping and a youth/group tent campground. A primitive campsite is available via foot trail; reservations are always recommended.
Hillsborough River offers RV and tent camping with electric on most of the campsites in this 112 site campground. Each site is equipped with water, a fire ring and picnic table. Each loop has restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities. The campground offers a dump station for your convenience. Shopping is available at the park’s Outpost concession with basic food items and merchandise. Pets are welcome, but must be confined, leashed (up to six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control at all times.
Picnic areas, pavilions, several playgrounds, the Spirit of the Woods Pool Side Café and Gift Shop and an ADA-accessible half-acre swimming pool are located within the park. Many trails offer visitors the opportunity to experience the park’s natural beauty. A popular trail is the Rapids Nature Trail. It meanders through oak hammocks to the edge of the Hillsborough River at the point where an outcropping of limestone rocks has created rapids. This area is a popular spot for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park offers canoe rentals for visitor's convenience.
Maximum RV length = 50 ft.
A primitive camp, located across the river is available via foot trail. Backpackers must check in and out at the ranger station. At least one person 18 years of age or older must accompany the party. Campers should pack in all necessities, including four quarts of water per person, and pack out all garbage. The site contains one fire ring. A map of hiking trails and the primitive campsite is available at the park office. Call the park at (813) 987-6771 to make reservations.
The youth camping area accommodates up to 60 people. Four camping areas are set in pine flatwoods, offering shade as well as beauty. Organizations must be under the sponsorship of a recognized entity for a particular outing. The youth camping area includes a restroom with cold showers, picnic tables and a fire ring. Pets are not allowed in this ecologically sensitive area. A hiking trail map is available at the park office. Call the park at (813) 987-6771 to make reservations.
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