Explore the most popular trails in Hillsborough River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Opened in 1938, Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida's first state parks; this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a canoe/kayak launch is available at parking lot #4. Some of our amenities are the Spirit of the Woods Caf which is open 9am-5pm seven days a week. This concession provides breakfast and lunch daily from 9am-4pm, camping & picnic supplies, and a variety of memorable souvenirs. Canoes and bikes can be rented from 9am-3pm and all rental equipment must be returned by 4pm. Hikers can walk over seven miles of nature trials: Rapids Trail, Baynard Trail, a sub-section of the Florida Trail and the Wetlands Restoration Trail. Note: Wetlands Restoration accommodates both bicyclists and hikers only. When the weather calls for it, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the park's ADA accessible swimming pool. Please contact the park for swimming pool informational updates at (813) 987-6771.) The park offers full-facility camping and a youth/group tent campground. A primitive campsite is available via foot trail; reservations are always recommended.

Wide double chariot, no problem!

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bugs
muddy
5 days ago

Great hike! Saw three huge gators and one small one. The rapids were pretty. Mosquitoes were bad. It was a bit warm for January. The morning started out with tiny drizzle but the sun came out and it cleared up to a beautiful day. I believe I spotted two Chicken of the Woods shrooms!

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flooded
muddy
15 days ago

Awesome trail. About 1.1 miles in it gets muddy and hard to get through if you hike it backwards it’s about 2.0 miles in that you hit the mud around the primitive camp ground. Hiking backward you get nice water views. We went through the mud. Had a great first hike of 2020.

Beautiful time of year to come out here. There’s still a few really muddy spot on the outside loop farthest from the river. The bugs are not near as bad as summer time, but still need mosquito repellent. Great picnic areas and the early afternoon time was perfect for a refreshing breeze and temp.

Overall really nice. Just a little sad that there’s not much upkeep. Flat FL hike. Easy. Beautiful scenery.

Only hiked half, accidentally walking off the trail to the main access road but from what I saw I’d recommend

The trails have dried up and the air is cool - perfect time to go hiking!

Really no offroad trails for biking, but nice road biking loop.

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fee
1 month ago

Pretty good trail for a quick hike. Nothing too tough and the scenery is beautiful. If you decide you want a longer hike there's options for that too. Costs a little to get in but the trail is well kept so they spend the money well.

The trail was beautiful. It was a very enjoyable walk. There were a few points where the mud came up over our shoes. Other than that it's a great easy hike.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Great trail! It is passable now but still very muddy. Definitely recommend boots and bug spray. I wore shorts and wish I had worn pants as the trail is narrow and overgrown in some areas. Otherwise it was an absolutely beautiful hike! The views of the river were gorgeous with lots of cool spots to stop and snap pictures. Definitely recommend especially going into Florida’s dry season.

Tracked 3 trails equaling roughly 6 miles. River rapids trail to the suspension bridge that lead to the baynard trail, looped back to the Seminole trail back to the suspension bridge back through river rapids at the beginning. River rapids is short but great scenery of the river and plenty of roots and slopes to keep you entertained. Baynard trail also nice, mildly damp. The longer Seminole trail was quite swampy on the back side away from the river. Calf deep stretches of water. Be mindful if your back there- looks like great place for snakes to be roaming about. Along the river is dry and happy, so you can skip the muddin’ if you’d rather not get down and dirty. Pretty well marked even for wet season.

I love Hillsborough River State Park. Been camping/hiking here since I was a little kid. It’s also the best hiking within an hour of home.

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bugs
muddy
4 months ago

Rapids trail is fine, however Baynard trail has a lot of standing water.. Also there is a tree down across the trail, however it is small enough to climb over. Didn’t even try Seminole trail because I’m pretty sure it’s not passable.

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bugs
muddy
4 months ago

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bridge out
bugs
4 months ago

This is a very easy trail that is heavily trafficked. It has beautiful views of the river and rapids. Warning: due to all of the rain about half the distance of all of the trails are closed right now. It cost $6 to enter the park and it’s a beautiful hike.

Don’t go if it’s rained because you’ll have to swim in dirty water to stay on the trail. Mosquitos are vicious. $4 to get in.

Though it was too soupy to go completely through, from what we saw, this trail is beautiful. The path is well marked and maintained. One bridge was inaccessible. The River was very high the day we went and of course, it started raining while we were out but the copious amounts of plant life made up for it. The mosquitos were a bit of a problem for my friends but nothing a little preemptive spray couldn’t help. We are already planning our trip back during the drier months.

I’ve been hiking this trail since I was a kid, and now as an adult I still enjoy it. Really beautiful and great for all ages.

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5 months ago

The park is currently closed due to poor road conditions because of the flooding, but I think it’s important to know that when it’s opened, you can only drive to the trailhead Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday through Thursday it’s still open you just have to walk to it. When this trail isn’t flooded I like how shaded it is, it’s always a little overgrown but it just means that you’re unlikely to see someone else on it. Early morning hikes here are nice, the shade allows you to not sweat at much. Bug spray is a must (I’m always getting eaten no matter what). You can always check the park’s website to see if it’s open or not (a lot of county parks in the area close due to flooding, and it’s been raining a little more that usual imo). But definitely one I’ll return to once the water recedes and the park opens again.

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