We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hillsborough River

1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
+1 813-975-2160
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Downtown Tampa Motorbike Tour
More Info
and up
Helicopter Tour of Tampa Bay and Davis Island
More Info
and up
Downtown and Tampa Bay Helicopter Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
State park campground in forest and along river.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“state park” (17 reviews)
“rent a canoe” (5 reviews)
1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
Write a ReviewReviews (192)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 179 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have canoed this river many times. We used to take our youth groups down part of the river during the Great River Raft Races. Those ended after one young person from another group drown. Those were the days when the river...More

Thank Bob19512014
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This is a great river that has many points of access. Many parks and a great place to take a day outing.

Thank Hermon D
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Water was afflicted by an algae bloom during my visit. Just idling either up, or down, the Hillsborough river churned up a smelly cloud of silt. Ramp was easy to use and void of any other boaters. The locals probaby know better than to launch...More

Thank pinelighterknot
Reviewed 27 April 2017

It is very nature and native area. We have been tubing by the river, it took about 4 to 5 hours. You can swim, you can just sit on your tube and enjoy the river and beautiful houses just by the river, also you can...More

1  Thank denizsoylu
Reviewed 3 March 2017

There are rental boats, Taxi's, rental canoes that are available to travel all the way up to Lowry's zoo and beyond up to the dam. You can see manatees, various birds, fish and see various homes.

1  Thank jenjen40
Reviewed 11 January 2017

The State park is the place to go. Hiking, boating, exploring, camping, RVs etc. Any and all are fun here. Give it a try

Thank obiwan205
Reviewed 5 August 2016

You can catch many different views of the river from various parts of the Tampa FL area. There are numerous bridges over the river and it actually flows into the area know a River Walk in downtown Tampa/

Thank James C
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Need I say more...kayaking down the river can certainly be a peaceful one. The river spans for some 60 miles and you can definitely enjoy it if you have that time. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Roger P
Reviewed 19 July 2016

There is a State Park on the river and if you are traveling with children this is a place to stop. There is a very nice campground there if you are camping or RVing....I have camped there several times over the years, and would recommend...More

2  Thank Thea M
Reviewed 13 July 2016

If you enjoy nature and canoeing or kayaking - go HERE! Full of things to see and do, it is the best of natural Florida. Beautiful hours spent just hanging out here with our family and with my husband and I. Bring your binocs and...More

1  Thank LisaBrock
Nearby HotelsSee all 164 hotels in Tampa
Orange Motel
1 review
.38 km away
El Rancho Motel
1 review
.84 km away
Haven Motel
1 review
.86 km away
Mayflower Motel
1 review
1.21 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Three Coins DIner
94 reviews
.52 km away
Blue Sea Seafood Market and Restaurant
22 reviews
.77 km away
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
13 reviews
1.36 km away
Xtreme Tacos
7 reviews
1.16 km away
Nearby Attractions
Busch Gardens Tampa
14,183 reviews
3.30 km away
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
3,285 reviews
2.32 km away
Lowry Park
158 reviews
1.88 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Cathy R
2 June 2015|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from LvmjV | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge ~ just some resting places. Then again I only kayaked a section.
21 March 2015|
Response from G2services | Reviewed this property |
There are no boat rentals on the river. You can rent a canoe at the Hillsborough State Park. The most fun would be a canoe or kayak trip from the park down to USF.
catherine R
26 December 2014|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from katlizzy | Reviewed this property |
Hi, dogs are allowed on a lease. There are several camp sites. I would recommend spring or fall. Summers are crowded and very humid and hot. Lots of insects. Winter is good too but it can get cold.