Hillsborough River State Park
About Hillsborough River State Park
A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER
SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE
If you're looking for some summer fun, why not visit one of our many state parks or trails? No matter where you live in Florida, there's a state park close to you. Our parks are open to everyone and offer all kinds of fun. You can go there for the day to picnic or take a weekend or week vacation and camp. It is up to you, there’s a lot to do. However, please come visit one of the oldest state parks in Florida (Hillsborough River State Park) “Where History Meets Nature” Your family can have a “Back in Time” experience at Fort Foster Historic Site or go canoeing down the Hillsborough river and encounter one of Florida’s beautiful natural rivers.
Year-round this historic place built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corp CCC will fulfill your need for the great outdoors. We offer an easy hike/walk on our rapids trail as it parallels the Hillsborough River water's edge or you might decide to take a more advanced hike on our 3.3 mile section of the Florida trail. There are several benches along the rapids trail, each offering a scenic view to enjoy while resting or taking a little extra time to absorb your lush, green surroundings. It's always fun to explore these paths and listen to the sounds of nature. Parking lot #3, near our recreation hall is a great place to stretch your legs after a brisk walk or sit at a picnic table for lunch. There are even covered pavilions to get out of the rain. For those with four-footed friends, dogs are allowed on leash. You can fish in the park, year-round, but a current fresh water fishing license is necessary. The river shore is for fishing only, no swimming in these areas please. We hope you will come out and visit the Real Florida!
The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida has designated the Hillsborough River State Park/Florida Park Service an autism-friendly state park. This 3,383 acres property became the Tampa Bay areas first autism-friendly state park after CARD-USF provided training to Florida Park Service staff members. The training covers topics such as autism spectrum disorders and strategies that enhance the experience while visiting the park.
The Division of Recreation and Parks is committed to making all reasonable efforts to ensure that its facilities, programs and services are accessible to, and usable by, people of all abilities. The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities has made a commitment to provide information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. CARD-USF provides technical assistance, training, and support for families, professionals, peers, and individuals with autism and related disabilities throughout 14 counties in Southwest Florida.
For more information: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Department of Child and Family Studies College of Behavioral and Community Sciences University of South Florida 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113A Tampa, FL 33612-3899 Phone: (813) 974-2532 Fax: (813) 974-3290 Toll-Free Florida Only: 1-800-333-4530 Email: email@example.com
Hillsborough River State Park is located 9 miles north of Tampa and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills on US Highway 301. From I-75, Southbound 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, Northbound 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 CR 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.
- Volunteer -
• Hillsborough River State Park recruits for the following Volunteer Positions. Please click on the position you are interested in for more information and directions on how to apply.
• Ranger Station Positions are available now. Ranger Station Position Description
• Grounds Maintenance Positions are available now. Grounds Maintenance Position Description
• Interpretive/Environmental Education Positions are available now. Interpretive/Environmental Position Description
• Resource Management Positions are available now. Service Programs Position Description
• Internships Positions are available now. Intern Program
• Eagle Scout Project Positions are available now. Guidelines for Eagle Scout Projects
• Campground Host Positions are available now” NOTE: We are currently full for Jan/Feb 2013. Campground Host Position Description
- For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
- Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society,Inc.
Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society P. O. Box 6568, Brandon Fl. 33511-6568
Wheel Fun Rentals -
Tour one of the oldest state parks in Florida on a surrey or bicycle. These fun rides are available for rent at the Hillsborough Park Pool Side Café. For your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by state law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the park, surreys/bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on any footpaths or on off-road areas.
Contact , (727) 728-5773
Hillsborough Park Pool Side Café -
The park concession is located at the Pool Side Café near parking lot #4 and provides food, beverages, souvenirs, and picnic/camping supplies. The concession also provides high-quality custom umbrellas and pool lounge chairs for rent. Rental prices for both: $5.00 an hour or $20.00 a day. Park visitors can access FREE Wi-Fi service within a 150 foot range of the Pool Side Café (Weather and signal permitting).
Contact Shane Bittaker, (813) 986-3322
- Florida State Parks Pet Policy
- Pets are permitted in all outdoor areas of the park and must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash at all times. Please clean up after your pets. Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.