Hillsborough River State Park

HillsboroughRiverEntranceSignHillsborough River State Park is a very large and older Florida State Park. It caters mostly to those who like to camp, swim, kayak, fish and hike their trails. They have a historical museum on-site which we, sadly, did not get to visit as well as an Olympic-sized pool for those who wish to swim. They also have golf carts for rent as well as little peddle cars that look like the old horse carriages. The campsites are rather slender in size as they are more concerned with volume than aesthetics. The park is arranged with a circular drive-in, one way in and one way out. If you miss your stop you have to travel around to near the beginning and try again. They get a lot of day visitors in the park and have a huge picnic area, lots of parking spaces and a little shop next to the pool area that you can get supplies and rent their equipment. I did get to walk one of the trails that lead from the first parking area down and along the river to the wooden suspension bridge and back through the large picnic area. It was very pretty throughout the hike.

There are three rings of camping areas of various sizes and shapes along with two different bathhouses and an extra bathroom located in the center of the camping loops that have coin washers and dryers. I believe they charge $2.00 per load. The bathhouses are fairly old and could use an update but they were cleaned and stocked when we used them. Inside the camping area, they have a lodge that you can rent out looking over the river. Also, in this area is an amphitheater section and the canoe launch. None of the sites have sewers on them and the dump station is located near the campground exit along with the pet walk area. There is a bulletin board leading into the camping area where the park rangers keep the campers informed of the many events they hold each month.

Since the park is located just off Highway 301 it is easy to locate. And they are in-between Tampa and Orlando so that keeps the park rangers hopping almost all year round. The shop area for the park is located in the center aisle just after the pool area and before the camping area. We didn’t get a chance to talk to any of the live on-site volunteers but we have been told the park uses a lot of them. This park also offered to allow new volunteers to try campground hosting or park hosting for 2 weeks to see if you would like it and have the option of extended your stay to another 2 months. It would be a great place to start a workamping experience especially if you would like to try it sometime during the late spring to early fall months.

Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301 North
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592
(813) 987-6771

Admission Fee:
$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in the vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
$60.00 per bus load of people or $2.00 per person, whichever is less.

Camping Fees:
$24.00 per night, plus tax. Includes water and electricity.
Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees. Proof of eligibility

Organized Youth or Adult Group Camping:
$1.00: Youths – $5.00: Adults

Deposit of $20.00 required at the time of reservation.
(Credited toward total amount on the day of arrival.)

Primitive Camping:
$5.00 Per person/per night

Canoes and Kayaks:
Canoe rentals—minimum of two hours for $25.00 per canoe, plus tax
*Three hours for $35.00, plus tax
*Four hours $40.0, plus tax
*All day $50.00, plus tax
Kayaks $15.00 an hour, plus tax

Regular bikes $10.00 an hour-1/2 day rental $20.00 plus tax—all day $25.00 plus tax.
2 person Surreys $ 20.00 plus tax an hour.
4 person Surreys $30.00 plus tax an hour..

Recreation Hall Pavilion Rental:
$200.00 + tax
Add $50.00 + tax: After hours (until 10pm)
$27.00 per hour: After hours security personnel / minimum of 3 hours
$100.00: Cleaning deposit (returned once facility is reviewed by park staff)

$60.00 or $90.00 + tax: Seven pavilions are available to rent.
$50.00 Cleaning deposit (returned once facility is reviewed by park staff)

Fort Foster Historic Site Guided Tours:
$2.00 per person 13 years and older
$1.00 for children ages 6 to 12
Children 5 years and younger are free.

Golf Carts are available daily
Participants must be 18 years or older and hold a valid drivers license. A Credit Card deposit required.
4 Person Golf Cart: $35.00 for two hours/$50.00 for four hours/$75.00 per day
6 Person Golf Cart: $45.00 for two hours/$60.00 for four hours/$90.00 per day

98 Campsites

20Ft Back-In/30Amp – 1
25Ft Back-In/30Amp – 3
25Ft Pull-Through/30Amp – 2
25Ft Back-In/50Amp – 1
30Ft Back-In/30Amp – 7
30Ft Back-In/50Amp – 3
35Ft Back-In/30Amp – 9
35Ft Pull-Through/30Amp – 1
35Ft Back-In/50Amp – 7
40Ft Back-In/30Amp – 12
40Ft Back-In/50Amp – 20
45Ft Back-In/30Amp – 8
45Ft Pull-Through/30Amp – 1
45Ft Back-In/50Amp – 6



Hillsborough River Park Cafe and Store
Located in the park in the pool area
(813) 986-3322

Winn Dixie
9535 E Fowler Ave
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-5798

Dollar General
9940 Rockhill Rd
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 436-3094


11931 N U.S. Highway 301
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-4461

12850 Morris Bridge Rd
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-2677

Presco Food Store
11931 N U.S. Highway 301
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-4986

301 Deli Mart Inc
11511 N U.S. Highway 301
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-1250


Hillsborough River Park Cafe and Store
Located in the park in the pool area
(813) 986-3322

Big Wills Barbecue
11732 Bradley Rd
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 431-8466

China Taste Restaurant (Osmay Delivery Chinese Restaurant)
9543 E Fowler Ave
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-9297

Kozzie’s Sports Pub
9539 E Fowler Ave
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 982-0200

301 Bar and Grill
12464 N U.S. Highway 301
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-2796

Hungry Howie’s Pizza
9517 E Fowler Ave
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
(813) 986-7822

4650 McIntosh Rd
Dover, FL 33527
(813) 659-0379

Wendy’s Restuarant
13565 Cypress Glen Ln
Tampa, FL 33637
(813) 979-1787


Camping World
4811 McIntosh Rd
Dover, FL 33527
(888) 451-4197

1720 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 675-1531


Camping World
4811 McIntosh Rd
Dover, FL 33527
(888) 451-4197


Park has coin operated washers and dryers next to the two bathhouses


Tampa General Hospital
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, Fl 33606
(813) 844-7000

New Tampa Urgent Care
1644 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
(813) 929-3600

Med Express
13210 Bruce B Downs Bl
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 977-2777



Our YouTube video from the pictures we took while we were there: