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Hillsborough River

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Address: 1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
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+1 813-975-2160

State park campground in forest and along river.

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Great state park experience

Great camping facility. River at great level for kayaks and canoes. Wonderful picnic area. Very shaded. Our dog loves the walking trails.

Reviewed 14 July 2013
Steve C
Pinellas Park, Florida
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Pinellas Park, Florida
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Great camping facility. River at great level for kayaks and canoes. Wonderful picnic area. Very shaded. Our dog loves the walking trails.

Thank Steve C
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Loved the riverside walkway, very scenic. The only downside is that it is discontinuous at several points with signs pointing you to a downtown sidewalk a block away and then back to the walk. I hope they can complete the walk, then it would be 5 star.

Thank Radgram
Land O Lakes FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

I've been kayaking on the Hillsborough river a few times and each time is great. There is a lot to see. Plants and wildlife for sure! I wouldn't recommend getting in the water due to the alligators! I've seen all sorts of birds and turtles along the river. Very pretty, very "everglades".

1 Thank Andrea T
Tampa, Florida
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2013

Canoes, kayaks and small fishing boasts are frequent guests on the Hillsborough river. The calm waters & cypress trees make it a favorite place for people who want to get away from stress.

Thank Terri S
Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013

The Hillsborough River is a fantastic place to spend a day. Great kayaking place - One of the best in Florida!!

Thank kipnoodle
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Awesome river for a leisure trip; enough current for minimal paddling unless you're in a hurry. Lots of wildlife, great for birding, viewing alligators, turtles, etc. There are picnic and bathroom facilities available within the state park.

1 Thank Mike L
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Boating past the modern shiny buildings on one side and the exotic architecture of the U. of Tampa on the other is the perfect way to appreciate the heart of downtown. Also, the crewing graffiti under the bridges is intriguing.

2 Thank fogeyjane
gulfport, fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013

This is a great river to paddle, and a really good choice if you're taking someone new to kayaking. We put in at Sargents Park, take out at Morris Bridge for lunch and then end at Trout Creek. The wildlife you see is wonderful and the river is a great blend of straight open areas and then fun twisty turny... More 

Thank faungds
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2013

We visit many of the state and county parks on the Hillsborough River. Most of the parks charge a small fee to use the facilitys

Clearwater, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2013

There is plenty to do, we camp there at least once a year. Plenty of canoes, pool is huge, great for little kids with graded entry. Camping pads are lovely. Bring your bike, binoculars, and happy faces!

Thank Kristi C

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