Hillsborough River State Park

     


Thonotosassa, Florida
Phone: (813) 987-6771

Sites: 112
Avg. Rate: $22

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Latitude: 28.1448488765607
Longitude: -82.2247266769409

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 22
  • Good 22
  • Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

46 Reviews

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TheJim

Review Count: 225
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very pretty state park with an older feeling campground and some strange layouts. Many of the sites are fairly close together with little visual separation. It was not crowded during our visit, so it was not a problem, but I would not want to camp there during a busy period. We had water and 50 amp service even though most sites around us only had 30 amp. We were able to find a hole in the trees for satellite, but most sites would not work for satellite. Our Verizon phone and data worked well. There are washers and dryers. You can put together a nice bike ride by combining the Wetlands trail in the park with some trails in adjacent Dead River Park and John B. Sergeant Park. There are also a number of nice easy hiking trails. We enjoyed our visit and would visit again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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hehrb

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park, shaded campsites and clean restrooms. They even have a swimming pool that opens Memorial Day. Plenty of hiking and biking trails, canoe rental and a cafe store. The cafe serves breakfast reasonably priced and really good. The site rate reflects a senior discount. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Bissonnette

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

What a nice park! We got everything we wanted there: nice hiking trails, beautiful river for canoe, quiet (except for some rigs that can't live without their AC!). Location is convenient for visiting other parks and attractions. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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GandJ

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here while attending the RV SuperShow at the Florida State FairGrounds. Our site (#58), easily accommodated our 42- foot motorhome. There is some separation of this site and the left-side neighbor, but there is only a log separating this site and the next door site to the right. There is a somewhat sharp curve on this loop near site 49. It is a little hard to navigate if the occupant of site 50 has vehicles parked into the roadway and on the grass, as was the case when we arrived. There seemed to be absolutely no enforcement of parking rules here. Also, on the left side of the above-mentioned curve are palm trees which have sharp growth that could damage some taller RVs if the driver gets too close on that side. Most sites here are backins. Sites 51A and 106 are 30amp pull throughs; Site 51C is a 50amp pull through. Showerhouses were always clean and well stocked. The one on loop 3 is newer and had latchable shower stalls, each with a small dressing area. Shower houses also have laundry machines - $2.00 to wash and the same for the dryer. One member of the check-in staff had an overly-stern manner, but everyone else at the campground was very friendly and helpful. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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User3333

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an old facility, but nicely maintained. The spaces are pretty close together, with little vegetation to shield one site from another. The roads throughout the three campground loops are narrow, but navigable. The river nearby improves the value of the park. Showers were hot, restrooms were clean. Sites are packed dirt and in wet weather turn into muddy parts. Large trees adjacent to some sites make back-in difficult. Overall a nice park, but with a few shortcomings. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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LaMonte

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a great park. Large swimming pool is available from 9-5 pm daily with no extra fees for campers. Camp store with snack bar and Wi-Fi access. Sites were good, some areas are difficult to maneuver around due to trees close to road. Restrooms were OK, in one section of the park the restrooms were older than in the other. Nice river for canoes or kayaks that you can rent at a fairly reasonable price. In the summertime some sites get flooded and are closed. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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DRudd

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We just finished an eight day stay at this park and had a great time! This State Park has the biggest pool I have ever seen in my life, and given our summers here in Florida, it was a delight! For those into hiking, there is no limit to how many miles you can put in on the various trails, with the longest being just under 12 miles on the Ft. King trail. It should be noted however, that during the rainy season, like now, portions of some trails can be flooded and you might get your feet wet. When all else fails, the loop road around the park is paved and makes an excellent walk of about two miles. Go early in the morning or late in the evening and you will see quite a few deer, and if you are quiet, a bobcat or two. There is a restaurant/snack bar located at the pool, and both are open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. They are about a five minute walk from the campground loops should you choose not to drive. Restrooms are dated but well maintained, and the Park Rangers and Hosts are courteous and helpful. I was not in all the restrooms, but in ours in Loop 1 we did not have a separate changing area outside of the shower stall. The restrooms are cleaned frequently throughout the day. I should also note that even on the weekends the park is full but quiet and pleasant. This is one of the quietest state parks we have stayed at, and you are not sitting on top of your neighbor. Almost all the sites we saw were in full or partial shade. This was our first time staying here, and I picked site 105 as it looked to suit our needs for two vehicles and 27’ TT. I was not disappointed as the site is big. Now is when I should point out the difference between loop 1 and the other camping loops. Loop 1 is by far the wettest if there has been a lot of rain, and as luck would have it, site 105 is the worst of all. After two multi-hour downpours on back to back days, we had 6 inches of water at our camper steps, and it took two days to dry out. Actually, it took two days for the water to go down and give us somewhat firm mud. This, by the way, is not mentioned on the camp website. We didn’t let it interfere with our fun and simply used a combo of the camper steps, step stools, and the eight foot picnic table to reach firm ground. In defense of the park, they offered to let us move, but because of bookings, it would have required two moves during our stay, and I didn’t want to deal with that. The water in no way hampered the enjoyment of our stay, but for some this I am sure would not be acceptable. Campers offered to pull us out when we left since the space between the loop road and the front of the camper was ten inches deep in mud. I thanked them but assured them the Suburban would pull it out just fine, and it did. We won’t discuss the ruts we left, but the park was going to bring in a tractor and work on it. Enough of that; now I want to mention insect repellent. Bring it! If you plan on hiking the trails or a trip on the river you will have to have it. Being a Florida boy I can tell you not to be fooled if you come to the park during the dryer winter months because there will still be mosquitoes, just a few less, trust me on this one. If you like campfires, the Ranger Station sells excellent wood for seven dollars a bundle. The camp store probably has the most limited selection of items of any park I have stayed at so pack carefully and make sure you bring what you need. If not, you will have to drive a while to get to a grocery store. In addition, this is not a tourist area so the attraction is the park and river. There are not touristy things to do outside of the park. You can rent kayaks and canoes at the store but I have to say they are priced way out of line. For example; A one person kayak (which is the only yak they rent), is fifteen dollars an hour! If you have your own, bring them if possible. Canoes are a bit more reasonable, are two-person, and the better bargain. It just seemed rather odd that I could rent a two-person kayak for the day, at Sugarloaf Key in the Florida Keys, cheaper than in a Florida State Park? You can also rent bikes, surreys, and so forth. Last but not least, the pool is four dollars per person unless you are camping, and then it is included. This does not include a chair with umbrella which has to be rented. There are limited free chairs, and you can always bring your own. I was also surprised that by just raising our batwing antenna, we were able to receive a multitude of digital channels. All-in-all we had a great trip, and if nature is what you are seeking like we were, you can’t go wrong. I do suggest avoiding loop 1 if possible during the summer and 105 altogether. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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FL Camper

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We had site #109. This was our 5th stay in this park.Do not believe RA when they say it will fit a 35 ft anything. This is a site for popups and tents and very small RV's. We had to caddy corner ourselves in this site as there were no others to move to on a holiday weekend. Site was very unlevel as well. We had a picnic table and combo grill, with water and electric. Barely any TV due to many trees. Our mi-fi didn't always work probably due to the distance away from town. Pool has been remodeled and is nice but there are only 10 chairs unless you rent one. The store has gone downhill, now only carries very basic necessities. No more griddles in the table for the make your own pancakes. No free guided canoe trip on Thursdays. But you can rent surreys and golf carts at store. They were way overpriced though. There is a Fort tour on weekends for $2 pp. And the tram comes around on Friday nights for a tour of the loop around the park. On Saturday nights they give a ranger program in park. Dump station is up a hill so be careful when using it. Made it hard to hook up car. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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ChrisFish

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is loaded with hiking trails and is very well taken care of. When a violation was noticed and reported to the camp host, it was taken care of immediately. Awesome pool facilities with food service & store. Must watch for alligators near the river especially with pets. Very quiet and relaxing park. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice place to stay for a few days of hiking, canoeing and just to relax. Some sites are not level and in the area of site 12 is a very narrow turn with a tree. The tree has the scars to prove its done battle with many a travel trailer and motorhome. We were in site 12 and because of the turn and tree, it was difficult to get the trailer into the site. The web site says its 35 foot deep: good luck getting something that long into the spot. We had a 30 foot unit and its was tons of fun to get it backed into the site. Staff was very nice and friendly. We would stay here again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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TEXASBOY

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park like so many Florida state parks. Wonderful in the winter to camp. Lots of hiking trails along the river. The river is a good place to canoe . You can rent canoes, bikes and golf carts at the park store. Most all the sites are shaded and can be difficult to get satellite but I managed. We would stay here again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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nautifish

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Very welcoming staff on check in as was before on our first visit. Park was very full during the week due to the RV Supershow going on in Tampa, so need to make reservations very early to stay at this time. The weekends are always full to the max. Wi-Fi now available at the cafe that has been re-done. Though I do miss the old camp store/cafe with the eclectic gift store and grill tables. It is now more like a big empty room with tables and chairs and no character. All you can eat fish and chips on Friday at $8.50 a person includes fruit cocktail, and sodas. Though the fish was just "square fishsticks" and nothing special, was still nice to just walk to lunch that day. Pool was once again closed (as usual) but we don't use anyway. Wish this park would follow the example of many others, and put crushed lime stone in the sites. They are all dirt surfaces and can get very muddy and messy when it rains. Beware of some sites that flood. Lots of shade trees here, which is nice in summer time, and the river is great for canoeing. One really bad thing about this larger state park is the one single dump station, which is needed by all due to no sewer hookups. On Friday morning there were a bunch of angry campers lined up all down the road to use it. On Saturday when we left, there was no line: since the dump station was overflowing with sewage and could not be used. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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GDoug

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Lot's to do here. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, tour of the fort. The camp store serves up some good meals if you don't want to cook. The pool is under repair and closed, but that isn't for us, so no problem. Supposed to reopen late July. Most all sites are shaded or partially. Ours was level. Plenty of space between sites, shrubs on most for some privacy. Facilities were clean, but Loop 2 area's can use updating. Staff is friendly, park is clean. Will return. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Minnie&Ray

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

The Hillsborough River SP campground is one of our new favorites. The sites here were spacious, clean, well-maintained and there was plenty of privacy space in between each site. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes were swarming when we were there in April, and the huge clouds of mosquitoes were rather intimidating so we chickened out of kayaking on the river. We went through a couple of cans of repellent and we burned a campfire every night (the park rangers sell some excellent firewood) so we still managed to have a great time. We don’t care for the lack of sewer at Florida State parks, but bathrooms at HRSP are well-placed and close by. There is no private dressing area in the showers, but the bathrooms are clean. The pool was being renovated when we were there, but it promises to be another great attraction of the park once it’s finished. There’s a small restaurant at the pool, but the food was nothing special. The nature trails are just beautiful, but we had to speed through them due the mosquitoes. But we’ll definitely return later in the year once the mosquitoes settle down. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Lindaosm

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground. Just wish the pool would have been open. Website said they were hoping to have it open for Memorial Day. When we arrived, ranger said it would be July 1st. Nice shaded campsites. We stayed in 27. It backed up to a trail so when we were sitting outside there was lots of traffic (bikes and walking) right in back of our rig. We took one of the bike trails on the map and accidentally found a road which lead to a county park (Dead River Park) and also another county trail called the "Old Fort King Trail". That trail was very well marked and led back to SR 301 just south of the campgrounds entrance. We did the Fort tour that the Ranger led on Saturday at 2:00. It was informative but lasted almost 2 hours and it was extremely hot. We left a suggestion that during the summer months they may want to do it earlier in the AM. Nice concession area with pizza, salad bar and other sandwiches. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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