Welcome to Hillsborough River State Park, where history and nature come together in a few fantastic ways. Our history goes back to the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936, when they stumbled on this piece of land that hid away one of the only Class II rapids in the state. The park opened in 1938, after the Corps’ foresight to protect this rare feature, showcasing it to millions of visitors...
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The river was named in the late 1700s for Wills Hills, the British Colonial Secretary and Lord Earl of Hillsborough. In the 1930's, during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established the area surrounding the river rapids as a public park. Many of the park's structures and the suspension bridge are examples of the CCC style of rustic architecture, in harmony with the natural environment.