Soggy campsites: Due to the ongoing rain throughout this past week and another 5 inches expected according to the local weather report, the campgrounds are extremely flooded. The trails are open however they are...
Seasonal Fort Foster Tours: Tours of Historic Fort Foster are currently being offered the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. Tickets must be purchased at the ranger station before the tour and are $2.00 per person. For...
Purple Thistle wildflower
Blazing Star wildflowers
Red-shouldered Hawk
A Barred Owl
An American alligator
Sunlight shines down on the Hillsborough River
A view from the Civilian Conservation Corps built, suspension bridge
A campsite at Hillsborough River State Park
The beautiful purple hue is visible on this Purple Thistle Wildflower
A field of Blazing Star wildflowers are visible in the foreground, surrounded by large pines in the back.  The purple blooms fill the image.
A Red-shouldered Hawk perched on an oak branch is visible.  The hawk is gazin into the distance.
A Barred Owl perched high in an oak tree is visible.  It looks inquisitively down at the camera.
An American alligator is visible resting on a downed palm tree in the Hillsborough River
The sunlight breaks through the canopy of trees and reflects off the swiftly moving waters of the Hillsborough River
A view from the top of the wooden suspension bridge.  The bridge crosses the Hillsborough River and was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.
A view from one of the campsites at Hillsborough River State Park.  A picnic table, fire ring, and open area shaded by several large oaks are visible.

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Hillsborough River State Park

Welcome to Hillsborough River State Park

Opened in 1938, Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida's first state parks; this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking; a canoe/kayak launch is available at parking lot #4. The concession provides canoe, bike and golf cart rentals, breakfast and lunch menus on the weekend, camping and picnic supplies, and a variety of memorable souvenirs. For rates and hours of operation, please contact the Hillsborough Park Pool Side Cafe at (813) 986-3322, or visit their webpage


Hikers can walk over seven miles of nature trails. Please Note: The Wetlands Restoration Trail accommodates both bicyclists and hikers only. 


Weather permitting, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the park's ADA accessible swimming pool. Swimming pool hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -$4.00 per person. Pool will open seasonally in the summer. Please contact the park for swimming pool informational updates at (813) 987-6771


The park offers full-facility camping and a youth/group tent campground.  A primitive campsite is available via foot trail; reservations are always recommended.

Historic Site

Fort Foster State Historic Site is part of Hillsborough River State Park, though located on the East Side of US 301 from the park.  Fort Foster is a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War. 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the sensitivity of this historic site, experiencing Fort Foster is ONLY available, weather permitting, via ranger-guided interpretive tours.

Interpretive Center

Accessible from parking lot #1, this center is located in the original 1930's Entrance Station of Hillsborough River State Park and offers a glimpse into the Second Seminole War and life at Fort Foster. Over 100 artifacts are on display from the Fort Foster Historic Site which offer an understanding of both sides of the conflict between the Seminole nation and the US military. The center is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily.

Park GPS coordinates: N 28° 08.686 W 82° 13.484

Directions to this Park

Firsthand Florida Fun

Hillsborough River State Park is featured in the Firsthand Florida Fun blog. Experience the park through the video and photos of Erika Z. See all the blog posts here.


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