Our Mission

The mission of the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, Inc., is to enhance and perpetuate the Hillsborough River State Park and the Fort Foster State Historic Site.

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Upcoming events in the parkA special school day at the parkThere are events at the Hillsborough River State Park and Fort Foster Historical Site for the whole family! Click to download, print, and share these flyers with full details on upcoming action in the Park.  Volunteer to help with an event! No matter what your skill area or interest, you can get involved.

 

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Calendar of Events 2016 - 2017

JUL. 23, 2016 - APR. 18, 2017

Calendar of EventsMark your calendar and join us at the Park.

 

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT nov 11, 2017 edt

Time: 8:45am - 11:00am

Take a leisurely 90 minute paddle down the Hillsborough River and learn about the natural history and natural communities that make the Hillsborough River watershed so unique and important. This volunteer-led tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families, and groups.

The focus changes for each month's tour. Themes will be:

  • The human and natural history of the Hillsborough River
  • Photography
  • Adaptive paddling; as well as
  • Project days to remove invasive exotic plants and river clean-up.

You can bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one from the park's concession.

We have a limited amount of kayaks (tandem and single) available for reservation without charge. Reservations are recommended! We ask that paddlers "Sign Up" through Sign Up Genius to reserve a kayak.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Regular park admission fees apply.  If all kayaks are reserved and/or you do not have your own, canoes and a limited number of kayaks are available for rent through the park's concession.

More Information:
Email: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder, at: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

 Located in the Southwest region at:
 Hillsborough River State Park
 15402 US 301 N.
 Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Hillsborough River Swamp Stomp Mud Run

SUN NOV 26, 2017

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Swamp Stomp Mud RunWater, fire, mud, heights and tunnels, this event has it all! This adventure will take you cross country through several Florida habitats and introduce you to the challenges of the "Real Florida".  As you try to conquer the 30+ obstacles, some man-made and some natural, you will be challenged to survive the terrain. You and your friends will crawl like a crawfish through thick mud, train like a lifeguard in the half acre pool, run through the woods like a panther and jump the fire line like a Wildland firefighter. This run will test your fears, push your abilities and give you a true sense of accomplishment as you cross the finish line and receive your free beer.  Stick around for the afterparty or make a weekend out of it and camp in the campgrounds.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

We are encouraging you to please car pool due to limited parking.  Camping reservations must be made online the day before you wish to camp (if you wish to camp Friday night, reservations need to made on Thursday). All sites have electric and water. 

For camping reservations, please visit Reserve America (link is external). 

All runners will receive a race shirt, bib and a finisher's medal. 

This is a rain or shine event. No rain checks or refunds.

For updates and additional information please like us on FACEBOOK (see link at top of page).

Tickets start at $35.00 per person

There will be a $10.00 per vehicle parking fee unless you are registered as a camper and an additional insurance fee. 

There will be a gradual price increase so book early, it is anticipated that this event will sell out.

For registration, please visit:  Eventbrite registration (link is external)

More Information:
Email: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder, at: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

 Located in the Southwest region at:
 Hillsborough River State Park
 15402 US 301 N.
 Thonotosassa, FL 33592

25th Annual Haunted Woods

FRI & SAT OCT 20 - 21, 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pmHaunted Woods

Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society the Haunted Woods event includes the Haunted Woods Trail, Coloring Contest, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Refreshments will be available and music will be filling the air. There will be a Costume Contest both nights; all ages - Prizes! It is a safe alternative to Trick-Or-Treating! Bring the whole family and come walk through our Haunted Woods for a scary, fun time.

Additional Information:

Special Notice:  Fort Foster Historic Site Tours are cancelled (10/20, Friday - 10/22, Sunday of this event)

Participation Requirements

This is a rain or shine event.  No rain checks or refunds.

For updates and additional information, please "like" and "follow" us on Facebook and Twitter

Ages 13 and up $10.00/each. Ages 12 and under Free!

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society

More Information: Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup @ Hillsborough River State Park

SAT SEP 16

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm EDT

On September 16th, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Hillsborough River State Park will be participating in the 30th Annual Hillsborough River and Coastal Cleanup event.  Volunteers are needed to assist in the cleanup of debris from the river and our trails that follow the river.  Volunteers that wish to canoe/kayak along the river to collect debris will need to bring their own canoe, life jacket, and oars; or they may be rented from our concession.

Please register prior to the event.

Unlike a typical litter removal event, the annual Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup offers the opportunity for volunteers to engage in vital international research activities by taking on the role of “Scientist for a Day.”

With a specific focus on water-based natural resource protection and activism, volunteers collect items and record the data to identify the number and type of littered items, the overall tonnage of debris removed from each site and the amount of recyclable materials diverted from ending up in our landfills. This information is used to determine future requirements for cleanup initiatives, assess projects that are needed in the area and develop awareness of these needs within the local communities who share these waterways. Data is shared with Keep America Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy as well as local officials to help provide a local and global perspective.

Additional Information:

Work clothes and shoes are required. Water, sunscreen and bug spray are suggested.

Participation requirements

No fees for volunteers.  All volunteers will be required to complete a Florida Park Service Volunteer Application upon arrival.

More Information: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:

Hillsborough River State Park

15402 US 301 N.

Thonotosassa, FL 33592

National Public Lands Day @ Hillsborough River State Park

SAT SEP 30

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Florida has one of the largest park systems in the Continental U.S. with 171 award-winning state parks and nearly 800,000 acres of land under management. Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s original 8 state parks and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.). On September 30th, why not spend a few hours helping preserve this wonderful natural and cultural resource? Volunteers are needed to assist our team by pulling invasive, exotic plants, clearing debris from trails, and repairing boardwalks. Work clothes and closed-toed shoes are required. Water, sunscreen and bug spray are suggested.

All volunteers must complete a Florida Park Service Volunteer Application.  Applications will be provided upon arrival for the event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

No fees for volunteers. 

More Information: Park Services Specialist, Alex Kinder: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:

Hillsborough River State Park

15402 US 301 N.

Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Ft Foster Dining under the StarsFort Foster Dining Under the Stars - A Living History Event

THIRD Saturday OF EACH MONTH 
  2/18/2017
  3/18/2017
  4/15/2017

Time: 5:45pm - 8:00pm

This is a pre-1840’s living history event and dinner feature-ing menu items influenced by Florida frontier life.  Visitors will start the journey back in time with an enjoyable 15-minute tram ride to the Fort.  Once at the historic site, park staff will lead the group through the grand doors and protective walls of the fort where they will enjoy a candle lit tour of the officers’ quarters, infirmary, and quarter master’s supply room.  Once seated, guests will take in the smell and sight of gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience.

Cost $25 per person.  Live demonstrations.

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Fort Foster link:  [https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/fort-foster]

Ft Foster RendezvousFort Foster Rendezvous

SAT - SUN • JAN 28 - 29, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

This is a pre-1840s living history reenactment featuring Soldiers, Sailors, Native Americans and craft demonstrations. Join us for the skirmishes and weapons demonstrations on Sat and Sun. Vendors will sell food, drinks and trade goods. $5.00 Donation per person to benefit The Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society. Click on the Flyer for more information.

Or you can Register as a reenactor for the Fort Foster Rendezvous.

For the reenactor registration form, click here. [Fort_Foster_Rendezvous_Registration.pdf]

Fort Foster Candlelight Experience

dec. 11 & 12, 2015

Ft Foster Historic SiteThis annual event is a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, sutlers, traders, and craft demonstrations.  Enjoy live music, warm cider, and cookies while you tour the fort and Seminole camp.

On Friday and Saturday after 8:00 pm a battle reenactment will take place.

 

Guided Nature Walk @ Hillsborough River State Park

TUES • DEC 22, 2015
Time:  4:00 pm

Join a volunteer on a 1 mile hike to see the beauty of the Rapids Trail and learn about the park's history, plants and animals.

This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the Real Florida, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and bring water.  Insect repellant is HIGHLY recommended due to mosquitos and other biting insects being common.

Meet at the Pavilion #3, adjacent to Parking Lot #3.

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Guided Nature Walk @ Hillsborough River State Park

TUES • DEC 15, 2015
Time:  4:00 pm

Join a volunteer on a 1 mile hike to see the beauty of the Rapids Trail and learn about the park's history, plants and animals.

This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the Real Florida, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and bring water.  Insect repellant is HIGHLY recommended due to mosquitos and other biting insects being common.

Meet at the Pavilion #3, adjacent to Parking Lot #3.

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Guided Nature Walk @ Hillsborough River State Park

TUES • DEC 8, 2015
Time:  4:00 pm

Join a volunteer on a 1 mile hike to see the beauty of the Rapids Trail and learn about the park's history, plants and animals.

This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the Real Florida, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and bring water.  Insect repellant is HIGHLY recommended due to mosquitos and other biting insects being common.

Meet at the Pavilion #3, adjacent to Parking Lot #3.

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Pool Closing

DEC. 7, 2015 - Memorial Day, 2016

The pool will be closed for repair and maintenance beginning Monday, December 7, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The pool will reopen by Memorial Day, if not sooner.

Guided Nature Walk @ Hillsborough River State Park

TUES • DEC 1, 2015
Time:  4:00 pm

Join a volunteer on a 1 mile hike to see the beauty of the Rapids Trail and learn about the park's history, plants and animals.

This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the Real Florida, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and bring water.  Insect repellant is HIGHLY recommended due to mosquitos and other biting insects being common.

Meet at the Pavilion #3, adjacent to Parking Lot #3.

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Guided Nature Walk @ Hillsborough River State Park

TUES • NOV 24, 2015
Time:  4:00 pm

Join a volunteer on a 1 mile hike to see the beauty of the Rapids Trail and learn about the park's history, plants and animals.

This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the Real Florida, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and bring water.  Insect repellant is HIGHLY recommended due to mosquitos and other biting insects being common.

Meet at the Pavilion #3, adjacent to Parking Lot #3.

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Haunted Woods Volunteers Wanted

Sep. 15, 2015 - Oct. 22, 2015

Volunteers WantedClick on image for information and meeting dates.

 

National Public Lands Day @ Hillsborough River State Park

SAT • SEP 26, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm
 
Florida has one of the largest park systems in the Continental U.S. with 171 award-winning state parks and nearly 800,000 acres of land under management.  Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s original 8 state parks and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.).  On September 26th, why not spend a few hours helping preserve this wonderful natural and cultural resource.  Volunteers are needed to assist our AmeriCorps team by pulling invasive weeds. Work clothes and shoes are required.  Water, sunscreen and bug spray are suggested.
 
All volunteers must complete a Florida Park Service Volunteer Application.
 
For more information and to submit applications, please contact Alex Kinder, Park Services Specialist at: douglas.kinder@dep.state.fl.us (link sends e-mail)

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Just Read, Florida! Literacy Day at Hillsborough River State Park

THUR • SEP 24, 2015
Time:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Just Read, Florida! is a special event for youth and adults in the Tampa Bay region to engage in fun, nature-based activities to celebrate Reading in Florida.  Hillsborough River State Park is celebrating International Literacy Month with a storytelling event in the Recreational Hall at Hillsborough River State Park.  The storytelling, designed for young readers (12 and under), will focus on Florida’s natural environment.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Displays of park history and information on park programs will be available.  After the reading, visitors will have the opportunity to take a guided nature walk. 

Participation Requirements

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

River-N-Rapids 10K and Fun Run

SAT • APR 11, 2015
Time:  6:30 am – 11:00 am

10K Registration: $45.00 includes regular park admission.
Fun Run Registration: $8.00 includes regular park admission.

Register in advance (see link below to find the registration site).

Friday, April 10
• 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., race check-in at the Hillsborough River State Park Rec Hall.

Saturday, April 11
• 6:30 a.m. - Park Opens/Check-in/Day-of Registrations (if not sold out)
• 8:00 a.m. - Start of the River-N-Rapids 10k Trail Run
• 8:30 a.m. - Start of the River-N-Rapids Fun Run
• 10:30 p.m. (approximately) - Awards and Raffle

More Information:  813-978-6771 or visit Florida State Parks website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Hillsborough-River

Great American Cleanup

SAT • MAR 28, 2015
Time:  8:30 am – 11:30 am

Volunteers from Verizon and other organizations will be helping to clean up Hillsborough River State Park in recognition of Earth Day.

Fort Foster School Days

Wed - fri • feb 11 - 13, 2015

A special time for students to enjoy a history lesson, take a tour of the fort and interact with period reenactors.  This special living history program will feature the military, Seminoles and civilians along with craft demonstrations.

Admission is a $2 donation per student – (Teachers/Chaperones are Free)

To register for this event click on the link below:
[2015_Fort_Foster_School_Days_Registration.pdf]

New and Exciting Tours at Hillsborough River State Park

Aug. 24 - Dec. 31, 2014

Segway tour enthusiasts have the opportunity to glide through the park and learn about one of Florida's eight original state parks. This is an exciting way to see where history and nature come together. For additional information please visit Electric Guide Tours. http://electricglidetours.com/

For schedules and dates please contact the Hillsborough River Poolside Cafe at: (813)986-3322 or visit http://www.hillsboroughparkcafe.com/park-activities/

Remember to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, closed-toe shoes, and a desire to have fun!

Fort Foster Living History and Candlelight Tour

Dec. 12 - 13, 2014
Time: 
6:00pm — 9:00pm

Historic Fort Foster brings the holiday season on the Florida Frontier to life! Guests follow a lantern-lit trail through the military fort, where they encounter living history scenarios.

Traveling musicians play folk music to liven up the evening and guests enjoy warm cider & cookies from the ladies from Ft. Brooke/Tampa. Seminole Natives gather across the bridge on the Hillsborough River where they will lead you down a lantern-lit trail to visit a native encampment where you will hear “Back in Time” stories of native life in early Florida.

A battle reenactment on Friday 12/12/14 and Saturday 12/13/14, will happen after 8:00 pm, as the Seminoles try to burn the bridge and the soldiers defend it.

Fees: Ages 13 and up $5 donation. Ages 12 and under Free!

Click this link for Re-enactor Registration Form