Florida’s Hillsborough River State Park

Wilderness And Recreation In A Park Near Tampa

Go Take A Hike / Kayak or Canoe

We were twenty miles east of Tampa and realized we were a couple of hours ahead of schedule for our next stop. Seeing a directional sign on the interstate that indicated Hillsborough River State Park was at the next exit we went to take a look. It turned out the park was 12 miles north of the exit on I-4 but it was a fantastic find. This diverse park offers seven miles of nature trails along the Hillsborough River.

We hiked along the river rapids, crossed a suspension bridge and really enjoyed ourselves. The couple of hours wasn’t near enough time and we plan to return soon.

This Florida park includes camping, historic structures, scenic landscapes, fishing in the Hillsborough River, hiking or biking the trails, kayaking or canoeing class II river rapids and picnicking under pavilions built in the 1930s by the CCC.

The facilities and trails are well maintained there is plenty of wildlife to look for and the river is a pathway through some impressive wilderness areas.

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