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Hillsborough River State Park North Thonotosassa

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Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301
North Thonotosassa
FL
33592
Tel: 813-987-6771

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Located 12 miles north of Tampa and six miles south of Zephyrhills on U.S. 301.

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Opened in 1938 as one of Floridas first state parks, this park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River. Fort Foster, a replica of an 1837 fort from the Second Seminole War, is located on the park grounds, adjacent to the river. Fort tours are offered on weekends or with a reservation. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a canoe/kayak launch is available on the river. Canoes can be rented at the parks concession, which also provides food, beverages, picnic supplies, and souvenirs. Hikers can walk over seven miles along four nature trails. The Wetlands Restoration Trail accommodates bicyclists and hikers. When the weather calls for it, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the parks ADA accessible swimming pool. The park offers full-facility camping and a youth/group tent campground. A primitive campsite is available via foot trail; reservations are recommended.
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    Awesome place. I loved the rapid section of the river and the abundance of flora and fauna. There are more armadillos here per capita then any place I have been.

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    Been coming here for years before the pool was closed for repairs, always had a good time. Came back with the granchildren recently and found out no only do you have to pay $4.00 for the pool (which used to be 50 cents; but there is now a 'pool limit' which apparently even covers people in the area, but not actually in the pool. So if you leave to eat - you may not get back in without standing in line (40 minutes!) before re-entry. There should be a better way of doing this; it's hard to explain to the little ones why they have to stand around...Read More

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    I have been coming to this park for years and always have fun. I love the trails and the rapids, although I never went down the rapids but its beautiful. If you bring your bikes its a great ride and workout.

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    Great state park! Camp grounds are very well kept. "River Rapids" are really neat considering there are very few elevation changes in Florida. Kids loved the River trail. A must see.

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    Great camp site, some of the sites flood during rainy season.

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by tim elliott

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Been coming here for years before the pool was closed for repairs, always had a good time. Came back with the granchildren recently and found out no only do you have to pay $4.00 for the pool (which used to be 50 cents; but there is now a 'pool limit' which apparently even covers people in the area, but not actually in the pool. So if you leave to eat - you may not get back in without standing in line (40 minutes!) before re-entry. There should be a better way of doing this; it's hard to explain to the little ones why they have to stand around in the hot sun instead of being back in the pool!

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