Hillsborough River SP

Hillsborough River State Park Thonotosassa FL

   Located close to Tampa this consists of over 3,383 acres, and there are more than seven miles of trails that run throughout it.   Concession and Restaurant Canoes and bicycles are available for rent at the Pool Side Café(The pool is closed for maintenance with an anticipated reopening date in the summer of 2024) . The café also provides food, beverages, picnic/camping supplies and souvenirs. For those who wish to relax poolside, the concession provides high-quality custom umbrellas and pool lounge chairs for rent. You are also permitted to bring in your own towels, chairs, and umbrellas as we have limited numbers to rent out. Keep in mind on busy days visitors may want to bring in their own chairs. Pets are welcome in all outdoor areas of the park. Visitors should remember to clean up after their pets and keep pets on a 6 foot, hand-held leash at all times. Service animals are welcome in all visitor use areas in the park, but are not allowed to enter the pool. Please contact the Ranger Station for specific pet restrictions or inquiries. Playground For added enjoyment, the park has two children’s playgrounds. One is conveniently located in the riverside picnic area and the other in the pool picnic area. Weddings at the park is a wonderful representation of the harmony between history and nature. This is the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. Options for your ceremony and reception include a recreation hall, with seating for 100 persons, and several pavilions of different sizes.

  Except for occasional reenactments, the cannon and guns are now silent at Fort Foster. No longer do Seminole Indians have to fight to keep a foothold in Florida, and soldiers no longer guard a strategic river crossing. The reconstructed fort and its surroundings are now part of Hillsborough River State Park. And besides a living history lesson, visitors can kayak or canoe class II river rapids, rare in Florida, hike seven miles of nature trails .

Hillsborough River State Park


  • Camping
  • Pool (Closed till 2024)
  • Canoe kayak Launch
  • Pet Friendly
  • restrooms
  • Playground
  • RV Sites
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Historic Site
  • Concession and Restaurant
  • Visitor Center
  • Bicycling
  • Paddling