Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park was our destination today. It is quite near to us here in Zephyrhills. Its located between I-75 and Zephyrhills on US Route 301. We to0ok a lot of pictures, but not in the campground. We want to preserve people’s privacy.

Official Park Information
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. The concession provides canoe, bike and golf cart rentals, breakfast and lunch menus, camping and picnic supplies, and a variety of memorable souvenirs. For rates and hours of operation, please contact the Hillsborough Park Pool Side Cafe at (813) 986-3322, or via their web page. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/Hillsborough-River#Concession-and-Restaurant Hikers can walk over seven miles of nature trials. Note: The Wetlands Restoration Trail accommodates both bicyclists and hikers only. When the weather calls for it, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the park’s ADA accessible swimming pool.

Park Amenities
Picnic areas, pavilions, several playgrounds, the Pool Side Café and Gift Shop, and an ADA-accessible, half-acre swimming pool, are located within the park. Many trails offer visitors the opportunity to experience the park’s natural beauty. A popular trail is the Rapids Nature Trail. It meanders through oak hammocks to the edge of the Hillsborough River at the point where an outcropping of limestone rocks has created rapids. This area is a popular spot for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park offers canoe rentals for visitor’s convenience.
Swimming pool hours of operation are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, weather permitting. Please contact the park for swimming pool informational updates at (813) 987-6771. The park offers full-facility camping and a youth/group tent campground. A primitive campsite is available via foot trail; reservations are always recommended.

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We stopped for icecream and sat outside by the pool. This little critter sat on the table behind us looking at our food. Sorry Charlie, no ice cream for you.

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Camping at Hillsborough River State Park
Hillsborough River State Park offers RV and tent camping with electric on most of the campsites in the 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 for basic food items and merchandise is available at the park’s concession by the pool. 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. Hammocks are allowed to be used in certain campsites. Sites 41, 61, 110, and 111, allow one (1) hammock each, while sites 68 and 70 allow two (2) hammocks each. Set-up requires the use of straps at least 2 inches wide on trees at least 12 inches in diameter.

Camping Reservations
Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America. http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/ or call: (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), or TDD (888) 433-0287.

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Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.

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  1. John and Kathy, Listen to your podcast each week and really enjoyed last week’s about the manatees. A trip to see them is on my bucket list. I have a question. My husband and I recently purchased a 2010 Jayco Melbourne 26A Class C and are planning a long trip through Canada to Alaska and intend to purchase a roadside assistance package. Any thoughts on Coach Net versus Good Sam. I get lost in the details. Thanks, Bonni McKinney from New Jersey.

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