Located north of Plant City, FL and south of Zephyrhills, FL just off Hwy 301, Hillsborough State Park was part of CCC project during the 1930's. Many of the structures and trails build during those days have survived the years and enhance the parks history and beauty. Located on the banks of the Hillsborough River, whose headwaters originate from Crystal Springs, make this park a favorite for paddlers.
The rapids on the Hillsborough River
The big bend on the Hillsborough River
Canoe and Kayak Concession at the park
Kayak and Canoe Flume that paddlers can use to put there boats in the water.
The campsites at Hillsborough State Park are nestled in a natural forest which are spacious with campfire circles on each space. There are two loops with at least 90 spots giving campers an opportunity to schedule a site in the off season through Reserve America. During the winter season it is a good idea to make you reservations many months in advance as all our state parks fill up quickly as campers from up north flock to our state to enjoy the warmer climate. The park has a large swimming pool which was in the process of being renovated from Hurricane Irma when we were there in early March of 2018. The park is very popular in the summer months as many families from the surrounding area enjoy the spacious picnic grounds and cooling off in the waters of the parks pool.
Our campsite at Hillsborough State Park
We had campfires most nights as the weather was cool a night during our stay
Hillsborough State Park has great hiking & biking trails that are interesting and unique. Hikers can journey the trail that follows the river near the concession area or hike on Wetlands Trail for miles enjoying nature and the many forms of wildlife that inhabit the park.
Barbara and our friend Diane on one of the trails paralleling the Hillsborough River
Biking on the Wetlands Trail that leads out to the Hillsborough River.
Many of the parks trails have a special beauty that only nature can provide
Riverside trail paralleling the Hillsborough River
The following images are of Fort Foster and the surrounding grounds
Historic bridge near Fort Foster
The Hillsborough River at Fort Foster
The dock at Sargeant Park overlooking the beautiful Hillsborough River
Fisherman out looking for a catch
Canoeing & Kayak enthusiasts enjoying a paddle on the Hillsborough River
Barbara enjoying the boardwalk at Sargeants Park on a cool winter day
Canoe Escapes headquarters at Sargeants Park