Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Thonotosassa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I did this along with the Baynard and Seminole trails and it was very worth it! Great scenery and good wildlife. The rapids view is very unique to the state and was extremely relaxing to be around. I highly recommend this trail.

trail running
2 months ago

Trail bridges are closed on the paved portion and trees have fallen and blocked the path through the woods... very disappointing

was a nice walk until we found out the bridge was closed till further notice so turned around only got 2 miles in

on Dead River Trail

hiking
2 months ago

We came here on a Saturday morning in February hoping to see some wildlife. The hike was nice but pretty boring after awhile. The path winds along the river giving you glimpses of the water and occasional kayakers. The scenery along the river was nice - dark water and jungle-like banks. We didn't see any wildlife but saw ample evidence of their presence - feral pigs had rooted through the whole area, churning up the sandy soil. We did hear that there is a 15 ft alligator named Moe in the area but we didn't see any signs unless the absence of wildlife attests to his predatory appetite!
We were not bothered by mosquitos. The road to the trailhead may make you think that you made a wrong turn!

Beautiful scenery as the hike runs right beside the river.

paddle sports
3 months ago

nice river for a kayak trip....up to Hillsborough state park or down to lettuce lake park. Trail is nice also for a short hike

Kid friendly and stroller friendly.

trail has some down trees in multiple areas would not go after rain has a lot of lower areas that hold water and pretty muddy

Beautiful and very peaceful! A little more traffic than the other trails and can get a little tight in certain areas, especially if you have dogs...but completely worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

Attempted to do Hillsborough River however the trail was too muddy.

Old Fort King still had a lot of trees down over the trail which required climbing over or under. Seen a few alligators and lots of birds, nice trail.

walking
11 months ago

Very pretty, well maintained trail that lets you see some rare Florida rapids. This trail tends to be a bit more crowded than the other HRSP trails, but makes up for it with some beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife spotting opportunities.

backpacking
11 months ago

I only had time for a 3.75 walk but all in all it was very nice. Only 0.5 miles are paved and there is a wide "shoulder" you can walk on. It's an equine trail so most is shaded which is great for the summers here. I want to do the next segment which looks almost all wooded.

My kids loved this park! It was easy to walk with an abundance of wildlife to see in, on, and around the river.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lots of shade and easy to walk.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

This is a nice trail mostly gently rolling, the portion overlooking the river rapids is scenic and soothing. Well marked and connects to other trails in the state park.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great trail for families. We took 5 girls ages 4-10 and they loved it!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Our favorite by far! Loved the river rapids and big beautiful trees.

Monday, December 05, 2016

This trail was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We saw a huge gator. Lots of water and beautiful views. This is the prettiest trail I've ever been on! We are so glad we stayed at the park and got to experience all this beautiful nature. If you haven't been, it's a must go! It's truly amazing to escape from the hustle and bustle of reality and its not far either. We came from Saint Pete and it only took us 40 minutes to arrive at our getaway!

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Fun trail with a lot of good views of the river. Nice picnic area near parking lot 4.

Easy trails to follow.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

One of my favorites. Nice trail and good views of the river.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This trail was awesome, we hiked the entire trail and then some. Total 6.2 miles

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

The trail isn't bad but the road walking sucks.

There are two ways you can skip the paved walkway. There is a horse trail that parallels the paved trail. The other is you can park two miles up at the end of the paved trail.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

had nice boardwalk out to river which was short walk. trails were just okay, obviously this area is geared more toward horseback and bike riding rather than hiking. there is a nice boat/canoe launch right at main parking area.

trail running
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Trail ran this one out and back, starts off on pavement then dirt trail, cross a street/highway two times each way (they have the buttons to push to stop traffic). We went 2 days after it rained so there were some large puddles (just over my ankles at some of them) that ran off into the woods on each side of trail, no way around but through them. If you want to do the whole trail make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly, if it has rained in the past week you will be walking through some deep mud or water. There are some parts of this trail that are open but most of the trail is covered with a tree canopy from sun beating down on you. I'll be definitely going back to do this trail again. Flat and fast for trail running.

road biking
Friday, January 15, 2016

Trail was mud in places and cross a small stream. Started at Hillsborough River SP on a bike.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Very nicely laid out. My son and I hiked it twice in two days. A lot of off chutes into the woods that were a nice off the beaten path adventure.

on Dead River Trail

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nice trail. Lot of wildlife.

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The trail begins at the John B Sargeant Sr Park. There I paid $2.00 to park my vehicle. Once you begin the trail you have to cross US 301 there are warning lights installed to warn drivers but you still have to be very careful. A little over 2 miles later you once again have to cross the street and that is where the pavement ends and the off road portion begins. When I first started the trail I did not know about the off road portion and I was a little surprised. It had just finished raining so the ground was very wet and made biking difficult. The park located at the trail head has bathrooms and plenty of parking and there are also benches located along the paved portion of the track.

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