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Hillsborough River State Park

Thonotosassa, Florida


15402 N US Highway 301
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 28.14485
Longitude: -82.22473

Elevation: 69' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Park roads were full of potholes. Restrooms and showers were filthy. Café and store not open for whole week when we were there. Pool was nice but cost $4.00 to use. If you left the pool for any reason you had to pay another $4.00 to re-enter. Staff at front gate were marvelous. Last but not least the mosquitoes were HORRIBLE. I have lived in Florida for 30 years and never experienced this kind of bug infestation. They told us they did not spray because "people" wanted to keep it like Florida was 150 years ago. This was due to the entire park being a glorified swamp. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Well sorry to say this one is off our list. We were not impressed when we saw people laying around in vans and seemed homeless and left piles of trash when they left. I have no issues with kids in an RV park, but when they have no supervision and appear at your site begging money, that was over the top. The concession manager told me how over worked they were and needed help and that was why the pool was closed. "We don't have time to babysit". The site was a little rough to get my 37 footer into with the trees but made it happen. Lots of locals come there on the weekends to party. Nope not going back. 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
Site Type
Back in
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

Only stayed one night prior to dropping the travel trailer off at the nearby Lazy Days RV in Seffner for service. The campground has three loops as noted on Reserve America. Each loop has a bath house. The bath houses are reasonably clean but a little on the older side. Went for a walk around the three campground loops. It is a pleasant campground with lots of trees, etc. Many sites are close together so choose your site carefully if privacy is important to you. The park looks like it has many good hiking and biking areas. We camped in site #67. It was plenty long enough for my 28' TT and tow vehicle without disconnecting. We had excellent OTA TV reception from Tampa. Cell phone service was also good (T-Mobile). We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 42

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

The drive into the campground area is quite long, and once you leave the main park road, the roads are narrow with fairly tight turns. That said, we had no problems getting to our site with our 34' motorhome. There is enough foliage to provide a small level of privacy between most sites. The 50 amp electric was well located and stable with good voltage, and the water pressure was also good. Satellite reception was difficult due to the many tall trees, but we did manage to find a signal with our portable dish. AT&T and Verizon cell voice and data both worked fairly well for us, and over the air TV stations from Tampa were easy to see. Hillsburough was a good interim stop for us on our way north, and we'll likely be back 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
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Tampa and its suburbs are not far away, with all manner of stores and restaurants available.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 26

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: 84
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 18

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

The paved road around the park makes a one-way loop, with the campground situated fairly far from the entrance. Lots of trees in the campground made getting around very challenging in our 45' fifth wheel. Stayed there two nights, then left for one night, and came back for 5 nights in a different site. Book early, it fills up fast, especially around the Tampa RV super show time. We're 68' connected to the HDT, and echo the advice of a previous poster - large rigs need to choose their site carefully! Probably worth a phone call if you've never been there before, because trees in the wrong place can ruin your day. Turns are tight and branches can be difficult to avoid. However, that being said, this park is amazing. There are several trails to walk, you can bike around the loop perimeter road, the river is calm if you want to canoe or kayak. There's a big pool (too cold when we were there, it was closed), cafe, bike rentals. Beautiful area, peaceful and quiet. About 17 miles to the state fairgrounds where there's lots of shopping. We enjoyed our stay there, hope we can come back again. Site 75 was grass, site 71 was paved and would work for the handicapped, but anyone can take it if there's nothing else available. Since I waited too long to make reservations, that was the case with us. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
75 then 71
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
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:

Ate at the cafe while waiting for our site to be ready. Not bad, folks were really nice. Enjoyed the tram tour around the park with the ranger, she was great and you could tell she loved the park.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 191
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 100

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: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We stayed at this park right after Christmas and it was very full. There are a lot of sites in the park in three loops. Our site was large enough for our trailer and truck, but the sites are close together so there is not much privacy. The bath house in our loop was pretty decrepit so I walked to another loop to shower. The dumpsters were overflowing so it was a challenge to shove our trash in. The park itself is pretty nice; there is a rapids area along the river that is especially lovely, and some good trails for a leisurely hike. The birding was great. The drive in to get to the campground is a pain as there are dozens of sharp speed bumps to slow everyone down through the day use area. We went into Tampa to visit our son who lives there and had lunch at Coppertail Brewery in Ybor. We had breakfast in Zephyrhills at Sunrise Eatery. Both venues were very good. Zephyrhills is fairly close for supplies and groceries. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
92 loop 1
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 9

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: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

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: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

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: 5
States Visited: 3
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: 30
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: 112
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 32

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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