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Fort Foster State Historic Site

 About Fort Foster State Historic Site

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Rick Argo

Come and experience the Real Florida frontier at Fort Foster Historic Site. Fort Foster was one of the original Seminole War forts constructed in Florida during the early 1800s. Today a replica wood picket style fort has been constructed on this original site. Fort Foster Historic Site was added to the National Historic registry in 1972. Park Rangers and reinactors provide tours, and explain the Fort operations and living conditions, as well as telling the history of the Seminole Wars in Florida.

Located in our original 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corp CCC Ranger Station at Hillsborough River State Park, we also offer a glimpse into the Second Seminole War and life at Fort Foster. Our exhibits explored both sides of the conflict between Seminole Indians and US Forces. You can view artifacts found at the fort site which are on display along with historic maps. This interpretive center is accessible from parking lot #1 after entering the state park.

DESIGNATIONS

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GETTING HERE

All Visitors to Fort Foster must enter through Hillsborough River State Park first. Hillsborough River State Park is located 9 miles north of Tampa and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills on US Highway 301. From I-75, South bound from Ocala take the SR 54. Exit #279 east to Hwy 301, travel South for 6 miles, and the park will be on your right-hand side. From I-75, North bound from Tampa take the Fowler Ave. Exit #265 east to Hwy 301, travel North for 9 miles, and the park will be on your left-hand side. From I-4, West bound take Exit 10 go north on C.R. 579 to US 301, follow the signs and go North 7 miles the park will be on your left-hand side. From I-4, East bound take Exit 7 (be careful of the merges) and go North on US 301 for 14 miles, the park will be on your left-hand side.

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