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.

Bridge is out for repair. Only a small portion is open.

mountain biking
2 months ago

rode bikes. nice trail
geocaching

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice ride

Great ride one of my favorites

Had a great hike with the kids there. Saw gators, turtles and a hawk. The rapids are beautiful, bathrooms & playground are nearby.

fun but don't go on this trail in the hot weather

Really shows you what a wild Florida looks like. The rapids make for some great photography and as you make your way through the trail you really do feel one with nature, especially to be so close to home.

Great trail with awesome views of the river and "Florida rapids!" I also did the Baynard trail. Great park!

My favorite area to hike around Tampa so far. Very few people typically. Definitely avoid the trails to your right as you enter the area after rains. Can get VERY muddy back in there. The palmetto field at the north end is beautiful on a cooler morning.

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
8 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
8 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
9 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
Monday, November 13, 2017

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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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.

walking
Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

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