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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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.
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.
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