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“Our favorite canoe paddle in Florida!”
Review of Hillsborough River

Hillsborough River
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Owner description: State park campground in forest and along river.
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Fantastic river! We love canoeing down this river from Sargent Park to Trout Creek! The scenery is gorgeous and the wildlife viewing is unbelievable! Turtles, birds and alligators in abundance! To paddle quietly past the turtles and alligators soaking up the sun and the birds feeding on the shore is a privilege we cherish. We've now paddled many gorgeous rivers in Florida, but the Hillsborough River is without a doubt our favorite for wildlife-viewing! Thank you for preserving this gem!

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise on this gentle little river, It was peaceful despite being in the middle of Tampa, Wildlife along the riverbank, especially the wading birds and abundant turtles were more than I expected. Will do it again.

3  Thank Bennie K
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Relaxing and calm, the Hillsborough River offers a lot of sites to launch a small boat or canoe. Makes for a quiet weekend adventure that takes you back to Florida nature. But you have to look beyond some building along the river.

1  Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The river is a fun river to follow in and out of town, from urban in downtown to sylvan at the HR Park north of the city where one can rest and picnic.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

First off, YES, there are alligators. But NO, they don't bother you. Many, many small children have taken this trip, and everyone comes back safely. If little children can take this trip, so can you!

There is probably no better way to see the beautiful flowers, birds and reptiles of this area of Florida than in a quiet kayak on the Hillsborough River. The birds and flowers are gorgeous, plus paddling by a sleeping alligator who opens his eye as you paddle by is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is something you can comfortably do alone if you're in the area on business for a few days and want to try something new. There are plenty of families on the river - not so many as to be noisy, but enough that if you were to get into any trouble, someone would be along in 5 minutes. Google "Hillsborough River outfitters" for a list of kayak rental places - they drive you and the kayak to a drop-off, and then you paddle back to the outfitter.

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