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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hillsborough River State Park Part 2

This is part 2 of our Hillsborough River State Park visit. This post will only be about the campground area and will show some of the nicer sites. At least in my opinion...... My wife is worried by sharing these sites, we won't be able to get any..... I think the more we share with everyone the better it is for everyone....... Please let me know what you think in my shout box at the end.

If you missed part 1 click on the link on the right side of this page.

Enjoy the tour......

This sign is at the main entrance of the park on US-301. Hillsborough River SP is located just north of Tampa, Florida.

This is the canoe launch for the campers to use. It has a small road/path leading to the launch site. However, you will need to park your vehicle back at your site due to the limited space at the launch location.

There is a community fire pit located right on the river. During our stay the ranger put on a presentation for the children. Please check with the office when checking in to see if there are any talks scheduled.. It is a great way to learn about nature...

This is a nice place to enjoy the river or fish. If you look at the right side, just beyond the concrete wall. This is the location of the campground canoe launch.

Here is one of the 3 bathhouses located in the campground.

Bathhouse #2

Bathhouse #3 This one is the newest of the 3 and has washing machines for your laundry. The bathhouses were kept clean and good shape.

There are parking spaces located by the bathhouses for extra car parking. You are limited to 2 cars per site. However, the park allows additional vehicles, but they have to be parked at these locations. Hint: If you are having friends visit during the day and you don't have more than the 8 maximum people, tell your friends to tell the ranger station that they are staying the night with you at the campsite. This will save them from the paying admission charge.

The park offers a free tram ride around the whole park on Friday evenings. They drive through the campground and all you have to do is wave them down as they pass your site. It is a nice way to see the park and it's FREE!!!!

Here is our camper on site #43. It is a really nice and secluded with lots of trees.

Another view of our spot.

I found this sign on a dead tree in the park. It helps you understand why they don't want you to gather wood from inside the park.

There is a recreation hall in the campground. It is located by the river and community campfire ring. It is not very nice, however, if you are tent camping, it would be a good place to get out of the summer thunderstorms....

The following are pictures of campsites located throughout the park.

Site #27

Site #28

Site #28 It had a small bridge along the back of the site. The bridge is a part of a trail that runs along the river.

Site #29

Site #34

Site #35

Site #36

Site #38

Site #39

Site #42

Site #43

Site #50

Site #56

Site #60

Site #64

Site #65

Site #69

Site #71 Some of the sites are paved. These are located close to the bathhouse for people who need paved sites. I love the dirt sites.... It is the kid in me....

Site #73

Site #83

Site #100

Site #101

Site #102

Site #107

I hope that it was not too boring with all of the site pictures... Part 3 will be shots of the river and the trails in the park.

Till then..... Have a Great Time Camping!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your camping pictures. Tell your wife not to worry about filling your sites, we live in Arizona.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting all of the camp site pictures. I'm excited to be staying there in March.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your great pictures of Hillsborough River. My husband and I have camped there twice and have loved every minute of it. There is so much to do and have found everyone to be very friendly. We live in FL and it's one of our favorite campgrounds. Our two daughters and families (one from IL and the other CO) will be visiting in Aug and we have reserved two campsites, 103 and 104. We mentioned that we'll be bringing large fans for them since they're not use to our heat, and they think that's hilarious! We choose these 2 sites because the water runs off pretty quickly if it rains....we've seen other sites flooded for a few days which isn't pleasant.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pics of sites. Dec. will be our 1st time camping @ Hillsbourough. I have searched so much info to look for pic of sites. We normally camp Fort DeSoto or Lake Kissimmee every year but they both were booked so we are looking forward and excited to be in a new place.

Unknown said...

I love finding campers pictures of the parks, especially the campsite cause you have no idea what they look like until you are there. Thanks for the Pictures, they helped alot !