Hillsborough River Park Trails

Thonotosassa, Florida

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The Hillsborough River flows through this 3,738-acre park and is named for a nobleman with the unusual name of Wills Hills, who lived from 1718 to 1793. Wills Hills, also the Earl of Hillsborough, was instrumental in giving Great Britain control of Florida in general and the Tampa Bay area in particular. Two small sets of rapids are created by outcrops of Suwannee limestone. The river flows fairly swiftly, and swimming is not permitted; a half-acre, man-made swimming area is available elsewhere in the park. Special Attractions: Rapids in the Hillsborough River. Not a cause for excitement for most visitors, but the chance to hear rapids while hiking (or boating) is virtually unknown in Florida.
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Hiking Florida

by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)

The Hillsborough River flows through this 3,738-acre park and is named for a nobleman with the unusual name of Wills Hills, who lived from 1718 to 1793. Wills Hills, also the Earl of Hillsborough, was instrumental in giving Great Britain control of Florida in general and the Tampa Bay area in particular.

Two small sets of rapids are created by outcrops of Suwannee limestone. The river flows fairly swiftly, and swimming is not permitted; a half-acre, man-made swimming area is available elsewhere in the park. Special Attractions: Rapids in the Hillsborough River. Not a cause for excitement for most visitors, but the chance to hear rapids while hiking (or boating) is virtually unknown in Florida.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Thonotosassa
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: Fall through spring, often crowded in summer
Local Contacts: Hillsborough River State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Hillsborough River Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2009
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This is a very nice park and trail just outside the busy metro area of Tampa Bay. Can get very crowded during the weekends, especially in the summer. Visit on a weekday in the fall or spring (when temps are lower) and have the trail to yourself. Most visitors remain along the river trail and not many venture onto the full loop. Great getaway from the city.


4/19/2008
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nearly no bugs - lots of wildlife to spot - great camping facilities - wide clear trails, watch for lots of spiders on the river side of the Florida trail if you are first on in the morning.



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