Hillsborough River State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

Set adjacent to a wilderness preserve just 30 miles from Tampa and eight miles from Zephyrhills, Hillsborough River State Park is a quiet, peaceful escape from busy city life in Florida. From the moment you pull into your campsite, you’ll feel the difference thanks to rich green forests that grow right up to the rushing river and the call of birds that rings through the trees. This is one of the only places in Florida where you can kayak over rapids and explore a historic military fort in one day. With the park’s trail network and expansive swimming pool, your next adventure is just a short walk from your RV site. Come any time because Florida offers gorgeous weather every month of the year.

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Weather
Spring 55-85 F
Summer 75-90 F
Fall 60-85 F
Winter 50-75 F
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Nearby Cities
Tampa, FL
Zephyrhills, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hillsborough River State Park

Stay cool during your trip to Hillsborough River State Park by bringing your RV. You’ll love having a clean, dry place to relax after long days in the sunshine or during one of Florida’s legendary rainstorms. If you haven’t found your own RV yet, why not try out a new model with an RVshare rental? Choose from a range of options for all budgets and travel needs.

Hillsborough River State Park Campground

The Hillsborough River State Park Campground offers 112 sites, each with its own water supply, picnic table, and fire ring. Bring RVs up to 50 feet. There’s a dump station nearby as well as hot showers, bathrooms, and a laundry room. Feel free to bring your four-legged friends as long as they’re on a leash or in the RV the entire time. This is an extremely popular campground, so it’s a good idea to make reservations as far in advance as possible. Expect to pay a reservation fee on top of the per-night charge of $24 per site.

River Palm RV Resort

Located just a mile from the park entrance, the River Palm RV Resort offers convenient access to all of the activities. Plus, you’ll get to come home each evening to a site with full hookups and plenty of room for big rigs. The heated pool, clubhouse, and kitchen make your stay even more relaxing. This campground is open to people 55 and older. Rates start at $50 per night.

Spanish Main MH & RV Resort

Spanish Main MH & RV Resort is another place to find full hookups, without the age restrictions. In fact, this is a fantastic spot for families. The park offers a heated pool, two fishing ponds, basketball courts, a playground, and more. Every week, the staff hosts group events like ice cream socials and special performances. The 270 RV sites offer ample shade and room for rigs up to 45 feet long. Cable TV and Wi-Fi are also available.

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What to Do at
Hillsborough River State Park

Inside Hillsborough River State Park

The most popular activities at Hillsborough River State Park involve the river itself; many people rent canoes or kayaks from the park and spend a few hours paddling. With its Class II rapids, the river offers plenty of family-friendly excitement. You can also fish for catfish and bass right from the banks. On hot days, head down to the park’s large swimming pool for a refreshing dip. Bring your hiking boots or mountain bike to explore over seven miles of trails. For history buffs, the park offers a replica of Fort Foster, a spot where soldiers lived and fought during the Second Seminole War.

Outside Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park sits within a short drive of dense Florida forests and populated areas. Whether you want to shop or hike, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Plus, since everything is 30-45 minutes away by car, it’s easy to maximize the fun.

Restaurants

DosaHut

Enjoy a spicy, flavorful meal at DosaHut, an Indian restaurant that specializes in vegetarian dishes. As its name suggests, this eatery specializes in dosas, but you can also get a variety of other foods.

Type: Indian

Location: 10942 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

Bayscape Bistro

Located in Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club, Bayscape Bistro is the perfect spot for any meal of the day. Fill up on a delicious egg breakfast or come at dinner for contemporary comfort food.

Type: American

Location: 10630 Plantation Bay Dr, Tampa, FL 33647

Pollo Rico Restaurante

Try an empanada or a plate of tacos at Pollo Rico Restaurante. The menu is small and well-executed. Dine in the small, casual restaurant or grab your food to go.

Type: Puerto Rican

Location: 10802 Main St, Suite D, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Jerry's Smokehouse BBQ

Get a taste of authentic Florida barbecue at Jerry's Smokehouse BBQ, which is known for its enormous portions. The vibe is relaxed, the service is friendly, and, most importantly, the food is delicious.

Type: BBQ

Location: 12801 Thonotosassa Rd, Dover, FL 33527

Tortilleria El Gayo

Bring cash to Tortilleria El Gayo, a grab-and-go truck that serves incredible Mexican food. Locals love the authentic dishes and reasonable prices.

Type: Mexican

Location: 13616 E US-92, Dover, FL 33527

Shopping

Serendipity The Downtown Bazaar

Allow at least an hour for your visit to Serendipity The Downtown Bazaar because this antique store is densely packed with big and small treasures. From furniture to vintage works of art, there’s something for every style.

Location: 38501 5th Ave, Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Winn-Dixie

Need to pick up groceries on your way to the park? Winn-Dixie is one of the closest options.

Location: 9535 E Fowler Ave, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Beth's Books

Find a new book to read by the campfire at Beth's Books, a small spot about 10 minutes from the park. Keep in mind that this store is cash-only, so make sure to stop at the ATM on the way.

Location: 38345 5th Ave, Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Coliseum of Comics New Tampa

A haven for superhero fans throughout the Tampa area, the Coliseum of Comics New Tampa is a fun place to visit. Pick up a new comic or find a collectible item to add to your shelves.

Location: 19402 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

KONA Swim Bike Run

If you’re a triathlete – or if you participate in one of the three sports – KONA Swim Bike Run is the place to be. With a range of gear, supplies, and clothing, this store caters to local athletes.

Location: 27217 State Rd 56, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Sightseeing

Crystal Springs Preserve

Extend your Florida wilderness experience with a trip to Crystal Springs Preserve. It’s located 10 minutes away, so you can get there quickly. Wear comfortable shoes and spend a few hours exploring the boardwalks, hiking through the woods, and checking out the nature center. The on-site butterfly garden is a must-see spot. Don’t miss the gorgeous spring-fed pond, which boasts impossibly clear, beautiful water.

Location: Zephyrhills, Florida

Zephyr Park

If you’re looking for a way to experience the Florida outdoors with little ones, check out Zephyr Park. With picnic areas, grassy fields, a playground, tennis courts, and more, this large park gives your kids plenty of space to run. A short, easy walking trail makes for manageable family walks.

Location: Zephyrhills, Florida

Zephyrhills Train Depot Museum

Explore a historic railroad depot at the Zephyrhills Train Depot Museum. Once a booming transportation hub for the Atlantic Coast Line, this restored building offers historic exhibits and a stationary railroad car.

Location: Zephyrhills, Florida

Skydiving

Just north of the park, the town of Zephyrhills is a popular destination for skydiving. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a tandem skydive with a company like Skydive City. After attending ground school, you’ll head up in a plane and jump with one of the company’s experienced instructors. With the views of the ocean and the Florida interior, this is sure to be one of the most exciting experiences of your trip.

Location: Zephyrhills, Florida

Zephyrhills WWII Barracks Museum

During World War II, army pilots flocked to the Zephyrhills Army Airfield. One of their living-quarter buildings has been turned into the Zephyrhills WWII Barracks Museum. Today, you can see recruiting posters, historic photos, and other artifacts from the time. This museum is small but fascinating. Hours are limited, so be sure to check the website before you come.

Location: Zephyrhills, Florida

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How to Get to
Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park is located right off of Highway 301. Take this road north from Tampa or south from Zephyrhills for an easy and lovely drive.

Entering Hillsborough River State Park

Every day of the year, Hillsborough River State Park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sundown for day-use activities. Campers have access to park facilities 24/7.

Per vehicle (single occupant) : $4

Per vehicle (up to eight people) : $6

Extra passenger : $2

With its wild river scenery and opportunities for outdoor adventure, Hillsborough River State Park makes a fun weekend getaway. Its large developed campground is also a great spot for a longer vacation. No matter what type of vacation you’re planning, the RVshare crew is curious to find out what you think of the park. If you want to share your photos, tag RVshare on social media or attach them to an email and send it to [email protected]