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Thonotosassa, Florida

Hillsborough River State Park

Thonotosassa, Florida


15402 N US Highway 301
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592
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Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 28.144848876561
Longitude: -82.224726676941

Elevation: 69' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park yes
  • Casino Casino no

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64 Reviews

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is large with a circular drive throughout the park. A large pool is available during the summer season. The sites are tree covered. although our site #4, did provide satellite coverage. There was a space between the trees to reach the satellite. We had two bars for cell and internet reception. Good hiking trails are throughout the park, kayaking on the river is very good. The roads in the camping area are tight, trees close to the road offer some challenges. We camped for nine days and will definitely return. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fred's restaurant in Plant city offers a buffet at reasonable prices. Must visit Fort Foster in the Park. It was instrumental during the Seminole wars in the early 1800's.

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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 84

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Entering this heavily wooded state park feels like you've gone back in time. The park itself is quite large, and after entering it takes a while to get to the campground. The park and campground roads are narrow heavily wooded and we brushed quite a few low branches with our motorhome. Inside the campground there are some tight turns that were tough but doable in our 42' motorhome. The single dump station was also a tight squeeze for us with several sharp turns. I'm sure this is all simply because the park is older and RVs have been getting bigger. Our site #10 was one where you pull off to the right side of the road. The site was sloped steeply down away from the road though so we needed lots of blocks under our passenger side tires. The nice thing was that we had no other RVs visible from our camping area, while most of the sites in the campground were packed close together with no privacy. The park is a bit far from "civilization", so if that's what you're going for, it's perfect. If you want to go visit restaurants, stores, etc., it's a decent drive. Showers were dated but functional... though sometimes the water never got hot. Our Verizon worked quite well, but AT&T had one bar, was usable but very slow, and a couple calls got dropped. There are plenty of trails for walking our dog, but since one of the two bridges across the river is closed due to damage, all our walks were "out and back" style, as we couldn't do a loop. We loved the natural feel of the park, but not sure if we'll return given the challenges getting through in a big rig and being so far from town. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park, especially the staff of rangers and volunteers. They host weekly potluck dinner, morning coffees and really make you feel welcome. Sites are level and big enough, but not overly large. Our site (111) was just long enough for our 30 ft trailer w/no slides and car parked beside it. Loop curve and trees made backing in a little challenging but no complaints. Bath by our site (111) was quite old and never looked clean because of that even when cleaned daily, and water wasn't hot enough for me but OK for wife. I made the trek to the newer bath by site #3 for nice hot shower. Nearest grocery is 15 minutes away, or further if you want more than relatively bare bones Winn-Dixie. 35 minute drive to Ybor City for great restaurants and Saturday farmers market, plus all that Tampa offers. Great cell and OTA TV coverage. Satellite folks will have difficulty due to tree cover. Good water pressure and power (5 hour power failure external to park notwithstanding, and rangers stayed til it came back on around 9PM). Newer baths and full hookups would boost park to a 10. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
111
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great biking at Flatwoods Park and Campbell Causeway. Ybor City Farmers Market every Saturday, lots of free range chickens and roosters roaming there!

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely park with beautiful river. Bad news for big rigs: lots of overhanging branches. Good news: I cut most of them down as we entered and exited the park. You can squeeze a 45' rig down park roads. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

You'll swear you're entering Jurassic Park -- tall palms, lush greenery, open fields -- a landscape we've not come across during our years of RV camping. The feel here comes partly from the hundreds of downed trees that are left in place and allowed to decay. I understand this is the new approach to wilderness care, to reflect a natural look, as well as a way to cope with cuts in public funding. Some of those downed trees are moved to camp sites to outline their boundaries. Camp sites are not private (no vegetation b/w them), but they border forested areas so you get a dose of green that helps you feel as if you're camping. There are 2 camp grounds. The Hammock Circle has the oldest bathroom/shower building. Some shower walls are unfinished, but the place is clean and functional. The Rivers Edge loop has 2 bathroom/shower buildings. The first you encounter, to the left as you enter the loop, has tiled shower and toilet stalls. The other has tiled shower stalls. All 3 buildings have designated dish-washing sinks. Bothersome: off-and-on machinery noise all day long west of the Hammock Circle; no internet, and shopping is at least 9 miles away. But, there's a pet walk and recycling containers. A man in an electric cart hauled split wood around the grounds to sell to campers. There is a canoe launch with a chute to guide the canoe to the river in the park. There's an outdoor "auditorium," a great place to watch the river make a turn, and plenty of birds and lizards -- but no, I didn't spot any of their Jurassic relatives. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Large state park with beautiful swimming pool and multiple activities available including biking, canoeing, kayaking. Close to Tampa. Campsites are generally large but many are in low areas prone to flooding. All but a very few sites are dirt (except some gravel sites in the 50-56 area. Very popular with large families in summer and around school holidays. Big rigs need to choose site carefully. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful, quiet park with some excellent amenities. Our site was relatively level sand and we had room for our screen house with privacy from neighbors. The only issue was the picnic table had been shoved off to one side and was so heavy that the two of us couldn't even drag it to where we needed it. The site was almost completely in shade, as is most of the campground, very necessary in the hot Florida sun. We were across from the bathhouse and the small playground. There are older washers and dryers sitting outdoors. The bathhouse is spacious but a little rundown by age. A few of the shower heads hung loose and some faucets handles didn't function well but generally the showers were usable. The campground host traveled around nightly selling firewood and ice, a nice touch. There were some ranger talks to attend as well as coffee and doughnuts one morning and an evening campground potluck dinner. There is a large and beautiful pool with gift shop and cafe for lunch plus many walking trails from ready to strenuous. There are bikes and peddle cars to rent as well as canoes and kayaks for use on the river that runs through the park. The park itself sits well back off Rte 301 so there is no traffic noise at all. This is a very nice, well located park to use as a base for traveling in the area. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
94
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The pool and cafe area see quite nice with plenty of parking. You can also buy tickets at the ranger station to visit Fort Foster just down the road, if it is open.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Kids love the pool. We rented bikes and had a great time. Also very educational, many history lessons throughout the park. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
106
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Fort, swim, hike, nature trails, fish, relax.....

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Reserved on line easily. We have a big rig and were able to back-in a site with no problem. Site was pretty level. This is a nice state park with lots of trails, fishing, cafe, seasonal swimming pool, pavilions. There are two hosts to a camp loop if you have questions. Washer and dryer available near bathhouse. Water pressure was good, 50 & 30amp available. No wifi but good tv signal. Enjoyed our stay would stay again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very primitive campground. Very dirty. Lots of tent campers with fires going all day, so smoke was heavy as winds were pushing it towards our travel trailer. Dog walk area is a mess. Lots of mulch and stuff piled up in the area. Left a day early as we didn't like the park. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park to stay at if you like wildlife, fishing, hiking, biking, etc. There is a rails to trails biking trail about 3 miles down the main road. There are several miles of hiking rails within the park. We saw alligators, armidillos, a huge owl, many types of birds, deer, and lots of insects. The sites have lots of space and the restrooms were kept clean. There is a gate at the front entrance that closes at sundown, but your receive the code at check in so you can still get in after hours. The rangers we spoke to were extremely friendly. There is a huge pool that is $4 a day if you like to swim. The only wifi is at the camp store next to the pool. Interior campground roads could be tight for larger rv's. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

close to Busch Gardens and downtown Tampa

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Roads are wide, sites are huge, and almost every site is well shaded! Bugs are out during the day and armadillos are out at night! Yes there are gators in the river, so it's not eh place to swim, but they do have a nice pool! We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
109
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Closest large town is Zephyrhills to get grocery items. Daytrips to both east and west coast are easily achievable from this park.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent state park. Level camp sites, water and electric conveniently located. Great for biking or hiking. Service from park rangers were excellent. Would stay here again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park. Friendly staff and volunteers. Lot of hiking trails, bike and golf cart rentals and even a pool which is closed until Spring. Sites are level with some vegetation. Saw a pretty big gator, an armadillo, lots of birds and pesky squirrels. Restrooms are modern and clean and laundry is available. Good TV reception and Verizon 4G. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to check out the ranger led Fort Foster tour for $2. Also check with the camp hosts to see about the new and popular Potluck Wed. night and Coffee & Donut Hour on Thursday - both are a great way to meet fellow campers.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We camp in a 27' class A. Our sight was easy for back-in and spacious despite neighbors all around. It was close to level which was great for manual leveling. Water and electric were easily accessed on the left side of our rig. Despite the close proximity to the metropolitan area of Tampa, over the air TV was spotty at best because of the tree canopy. There are miles of walking, hiking and biking trails and river access. The Park is is to access from US 301 from I-75.

We will camp here again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Bring your Deep Woods Off or other mosquito repellent as the low area associated with the river has the little beasts rallying all day, year rond!

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