Hillsborough River State Park River Rapids, Baynard, and Florida Trails

Thonotosassa, Florida

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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.
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by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon 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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thonotosassa
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Hillsborough River State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Hillsborough River State Park: River Rapids, Baynard, and Florida Trails

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