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Kayak/Hike/Bike/Camp­ - Hillsborough River State Park

  • Apr 3, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Dates:  Thursday 4/3 thru Sunday 4/6,2014


This park has it all.  (had to plan way ahead unable to get campsites prior to this date a very popular 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. 

Hikers can walk over seven miles of nature trials: Rapids Trail, Baynard Trail, a sub-section of the Florida Trail and the Wetlands Restoration Trail. Note: Wetlands Restoration accommodates both bicyclists and hikers only. 

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. The Fort is located 1800 feet from the parking lot and has no restrooms available. Ranger guided tours of the fort are offered (weather permitting) on Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm and on Sundays at 11:00 am. Each year the Fort Foster Historic Site offers a Back in time experience with two annual events Fort Foster Rendezvous with skirmishes is held in February and a Candlelight Evening Tour of Fort Foster with a skirmish is held in December.

Interpretive Center Florida Heritage

Accessible from parking lot #1, this center is located in the original 1930s Ranger 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 that were found at the Fort Foster Historic Site and offer an understanding of both sides of the conflict between the Seminole nation and the US military. These displays are available from 8am - 5pm each day of the week.

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  • Phil

    I'm going to have to back out of this trip. Does anyone want my tent campsite? I understand the camp ground is full.

    March 20, 2014

  • Carol (Cooper) E.

    Sorry to say I don't think I can make this trip

    March 14, 2014

  • Donna

    this is a park I really want to go cause it has everything hiking, biking, kayaking and the river to kayak on is suppose to be exceptional

    March 6, 2014

  • Donna

    I wrote everyone a few weeks ago about that I am moving that weekend and my son is available that weekend to help me so I have to take advantage of the help. Seems like this has been a year of surprises for me that life keeps throwing my way.

    March 6, 2014

  • Marty

    Donna what section are we staying at?

    February 7, 2014

    • Donna

      I havent booked yet and I may be moving that weekend. My life is so crazy this year cant exlain it but nothing I have planned is keeping on track but crazy in a good way except the broken hand. But this park is beautiful and there is multiple things to do there. Hiking, biking, kayaking, camping close to Tampa not far from the Hardrock Casino or Ybor City. Great locations.

      February 10, 2014

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