Hillsborough River Park Trails

Thonotosassa, Florida 33592

Hillsborough River Park Trails

Hillsborough River Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Hillsborough River Park Trails Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hillsborough River is famous for its two small sets of rapids created by outcrops of Suwannee limestone. Although not a cause for excitement for most visitors, the chance to hear rapids while hiking (or boating) is virtually unknown in Florida. These are ranked as Florida’s only Class II rapids, but that rating seems generous.

The river does flow fairly swiftly here, and swimming is not permitted. The 3,738- acre park features a Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) loop of just over 3 miles as well as short nature trails, combining for a possible total of 7.3 miles through one of Florida’s most scenic state parks. The featured hike below of 5.8 miles links the River Rapids, Baynard, and Florida Trails. Not very impressive but this is the largest set of rapids in Central Florida."

Hillsborough River Park Trails Reviews

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8/1/2009
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.
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4/19/2008
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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Trail Information

Thonotosassa
Nearby City
8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Access
Easy
Skill Level
Fall through spring, often crowded in summer
Season & Limits
Hillsborough River State Park
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