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Hillsborough River State Park Campground

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 28.143060 / Longitude: -82.226940

Hillsborough River State Park Camping Guide Continued

Hillsborough River offers RV and tent camping with electric on most of the campsites in this 112 site campground. Each site is equipped with water, a fire ring and picnic table. Each loop has restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities. The campground offers a dump station for your convenience. Shopping is available at the park's Outpost concession with basic food items and merchandise. Pets are welcome, but must be confined, leashed (up to six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control at all times.

Maximum RV length = 50 ft.

Amenities & Services

  • Backpack Overnight Trails
  • BBQ Grills
  • Biking / Rentals
  • Bird Watching
  • Boardwalk
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Campground Store
  • Canoeing / Rental
  • Concession
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hook Ups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Camping Facility
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Laundry
  • Nature Programs & Trails
  • Pavilion
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Play Field
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Pressurized Water
  • Primitive Camping
  • Restroom (flush) & Hot Showers
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Trailer Parking
  • Vending Machine
  • Volleyball
  • Water Faucets
  • Water Fountains
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing

Season: Year Round.

Hillsborough River State Park Campground Best Campsites: 20, 28, 34, 35, 56, 65, 96, 107.

Location – Directions

Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301 North
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592
(813) 987-6771

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.

Points of Interest & Attractions

A primitive camp, located across the river is available via foot trail. Backpackers must check in and out at the ranger station. At least one person 18 years of age or older must accompany the party. Campers should pack in all necessities, including four quarts of water per person, and pack out all garbage. The site contains one fire ring. A map of hiking trails and the primitive campsite is available at the park office. Call the park at (813) 987-6771 to make reservations.


The youth camping area accommodates up to 60 people at one time. Fees are Youth: (up to 18 years of age) $1 per person, per night. Adult: $5 per person, per night. Four camping areas are set in pine flatwoods, offering shade as well as beauty. All four sites are shaded and have water, picnic tables, grills, a fire ring and restrooms with cold showers. Organizations must be under the sponsorship of a recognized entity for a particular outing. Adult supervision is required. Pets are not allowed in this ecologically sensitive area. There is no electricity. A hiking trail map is available at the park office. Reservations can be made for youth groups up to 60 days in advance. Adult groups may use this camp when it is not being used by a youth group. Call the park at (813) 987-6771 to make reservations.


Pets are welcome in all outdoor areas of the park. Visitors should remember to clean up after their pets and keep pets on a 6 foot hand-held leash at all times. Service animals are welcome in all visitor use areas in the park. Please contact the Ranger Station for specific pet restrictions or inquiries.


Canoeing is a popular activity in the park. Visitors may bring their own canoe or rent one at the park. (Canoe rentals?minimum of two hours for $25.00 per canoe, plus tax- three hours for $35.00, plus tax- four hours $40.0, plus tax or all day $50.00, plus tax.) (Kayaks $15.00 an hour, plus tax.)

Florida Sports Paddling Club a local paddling club, enjoys the park's river access and makes regular use of it, contact them for more information about club activities at Hillsborough River State Park. (Seasonal) Canoe Tour and Canoe Rentals.


Canoes & bicycles are available for rent at the park operated concession, which also provides food, beverages, picnic/camping supplies and souvenirs.

Our 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 fish in the Hillsborough River for bass, bream and catfish. A fishing license may be required.


Visitors have four trails to choose from and 7. 3 total miles to hike. The Florida National Scenic Trail runs through the park and is maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers . Biking is available on the Wetlands Restoration Trail exclusively. A trail map is available at the Ranger's Station.


Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and the former contact station the Interpretive Center has exhibits and artifacts describing the Seminole Indian Wars. The Interpretive Center is open everyday from 8am to 5pm for visitors to browse through.


Visitors can picnic under one of the pavilions built by the CCC in the 1930s or at one of the other open picnic benches available throughout the park. Seven pavilions are available to rent. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited. Call the Ranger?s Station for more information and availability at (813) 987-6771. A fact sheet is provided for your information.


For added enjoyment, the park has two children's playgrounds. One is conveniently located in the river picnic area and the other in the pool picnic area.


This Family Swimming Pool offers something for everyone, including grassy areas to relax and catch some sun! Our swimming area with park concession is an ADA-accessible, ½ acre swimming pool. Fees to swim are $4.00 per day per person for peoples ages 6 and up, children ages 5 and under are free. (Swimming pool hours of operation Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. and on Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Fees are paid at pool entrance.


Tram tours are one hour in length and travel into one of the oldest state parks in Florida. Tours are 1 tram on Friday evenings at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm. A Ranger will pick you up at your campsite. The tour will take about one hour and will return to the campground. Look for the tram and wave! Weather permitting. . Please note: Due to limited seating on the park tram we can not assure that all visitors will be able to enjoy this park tour.

Fort Foster Tours

Fort Foster is the only standing replica of a Second Seminole War Fort in the United States. Guided Tours of Fort Foster are offered; weather permitting, Saturdays at 2 pm & 4 pm and Sundays at 11 am. Your step back in time will begin at the park's concession located in parking lot #4. From there a tram will transport you to Fort Foster where you will see the only authentically reconstructed fort from the era of the Second Seminole Indian War (1830s). Allow approximately one-and-a-half hours for the tour. Please note: Due to limited seating on the park tram we can not assure that all visitors will be able to enjoy this Fort Tour. NO PETS. Call (813) 987-6771 for more details. Fort Tour and Tram Tours


A variety of habitats in Hillsborough River State Park including pine flatwoods, floodplain swamp, hardwood hammock, cypress swamp, and grass pond allow for diverse plant and animal communities to be observed by our visitors. Whether on a trail or picnicking by the man-made swimming hole, bring your binoculars to get a good look at the wildlife. Additional information about identified animals seen in Hillsborough River State Park can be found in the Ranger Station.

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