Hillsborough River: Sargeant Park to Morris Bridge Park

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Thonotosassa, Florida

Hillsborough River: Sargeant Park to Morris Bridge Park is a 7.7 mile out and back trail located near Thonotosassa, Florida that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for bird watching, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This section of the Hillsborough River will take you about two hours to paddle. The distance is approximately 4.5 miles. The width of the river ranges between 20 and 60 feet. About three quarters of this section is shaded by large oak and cypress trees. You will see a variety of wildlife during your paddle.

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10 months ago

Easy paddle thanks to the nice folks at Escape Canoes. Saw 14 alligators. Spoke to a local who said it was the most scenic section of the Hillsborough river.

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Sun Aug 12 2018

Great paddle

Wed Jul 18 2018

Don't be mislead. This is no hiking trail. This is a paddling adventure only.

Wed Mar 28 2018

My therapy.

Mon May 22 2017

The water was low because of the drought, but the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Lots of wildlife in marsh birds and a variety of plant life. The river was very peaceful and therapeutic for gator phobia.

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Mon Jan 02 2017

I have completed this many times. It is a great canoe trip and excellent for photography... especially of birds and gators.

Mon Oct 17 2016

Extremely easy for all ages and stroller friendly. Saw some wildlife, gators, birds, rabbits, armadillos. Kids enjoyed it very much, ages of 1, 5 and 8.

Thu Mar 31 2016

Awesome trip, tons of wildlife!

Mon Nov 30 2015

Excellent kayak trip! Tons of wildlife. Alligators and turtles sunbathe on fallen logs. Plenty of water birds and gorgeous scenery through the entire trip. It's mostly shaded too.

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Mon Nov 11 2013

This portion of the Hillsborough River is perfect for paddlers of all ages and skill levels! The put-in at Sargeant Park is convenient. There is a $2.00 fee to park. If you need to rent a canoe or kayak, there is an outfitter located on the premises. The trip down the river is about four and a half miles long and takes about two hours. There are huge oaks and cypress trees that line the banks of the river. About 75% of the trip is in the shade. The best part of this river is the diversity of wildlife you'll see. Alligators, turtles and many species of birds are among some of nature's creatures you'll encounter. Some people report seeing river otters, too. For those who are worried about sharing the river with the gators: fear not! They're just minding their own business lying on the banks to enjoy the sunshine. They don't want to mess with you anymore than you want to mess with them. There aren't really places to stop to eat lunch or relieve yourself, so you'll have to wait until the end of your trip. The four+ miles fly by and before you know it, you'll be at the takeout at Morris Bridge Park. Overall, I would definitely recommend a trip down this portion of the Hillsborough River. Happy paddling!

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