Hillsborough River: Sargeant Park to Morris Bridge Park

EASY 9 reviews

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 primarily used for birding, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

whitewater kayaking

river

wildlife

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.

1 month ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

canoeing
5 months ago

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

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.

11 months ago

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Awesome trip, tons of wildlife!

Monday, November 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.

canoeing
Monday, November 10, 2014

canoeing
Monday, November 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!