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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There 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. No matter what your skill area or interest, you can get involved.

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Calendar of Events 2019-2020

SEP 28, 2019 - APR 18, 2020Calendar of Events

All group activities and events are cancelled until further notice

Mark your calendar and join us at the Park.

 

 

Fort Foster Tours

3rd Saturday of every month

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

All group activities and events are cancelled until further notice

Come learn the history of Fort Foster and its role during the Second Seminole War.  Walk through the bunk houses, touch artifacts from the War, hear stories of battles and discover what life was like in 1830's Florida.  Admission of $2 per person is payable at the Hillsborough River State Park Ranger station and parking is available at the Fort. 

For more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

28th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State Park

To support safe social distancing, the 28th Annual Haunted Woods (October 16-17,  2020) event has been cancelled. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to review and make additional operational changes deemed necessary for the protection of public health.

Past Events

Fort Foster Dining Under the Stars - A Living History Event

 SAT apr 18, 2020
 Time: 7:15pm - 9:45pm

All group activities and events are cancelled until further notice

Dine under the stars like an 1830’s military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster at this pre-1840’s living history event and dinner.

Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, you will have the opportunity to enjoy more modern fare and flavor, such as roast pork, kettle beans, leafy green salad and other complimenting side dishes.

Visitors will start the journey back in time by enjoying a 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 masters’ supply room.

Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience.

After dinner and dessert you will have the luxury of roaming the quite historic fort grounds and view live black powder weapon firings before being transported back to the park and the modern day.

Cost $30 per person. Meet at Parking lot 1.  Contact Ava Foster: ava.l.foster@floridadep.gov 

Here is the registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-under-the-stars-tickets-86603516449

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT APR 11, 2020

Time: 8:45am - 11:00am

All group activities and events are cancelled until further notice

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 include: the human and natural history of the Hillsborough River, local wildlife, photography, and adaptive paddling and more. 

For each program, we are limited by the number of boats on the River. Your reservation guarantees you a spot on the tour with a kayak and safety equipment. This is free of charge (not including entrance to the Park). If all the slots are full online, you may show up on the day of the event to be placed on a waiting list. Unfilled slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat.

Please meet at 8:45am at the Canoe Launch by Parking Lot 4, behind Pavilion 11.

If you are unable to attend after signing up, or for more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Dutch Oven Cooking Class - 

SAT Mar 21

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

All group activities and events are cancelled until further notice

Join us each month and learn new recipes to cook at camp. We will be using Dutch Ovens, making a main dish and dessert each month. Everyone will get a taste to! Learn about these wonderful camping tools and how to care for them. The class is free but you will need to pay park admission. Park in Parking Lot 3 and meet us at Pavilion 9

For more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

Fort Foster Dining Under the Stars - A Living History Event

 SAT mar 21, 2020
 Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

All group activities and events are cancelled until further notice

Dine under the stars like an 1830’s military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster at this pre-1840’s living history event and dinner.

Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, you will have the opportunity to enjoy more modern fare and flavor, such as roast pork, kettle beans, leafy green salad and other complimenting side dishes.

Visitors will start the journey back in time by enjoying a 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 masters’ supply room.

Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience.

After dinner and dessert you will have the luxury of roaming the quite historic fort grounds and view live black powder weapon firings before being transported back to the park and the modern day.

Cost $30 per person. Meet at Parking lot 1.  Contact Ava Foster: ava.l.foster@floridadep.gov 

Here is the registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-under-the-stars-tickets-86602599707

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT MAR 14, 2020

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 include: the human and natural history of the Hillsborough River, local wildlife, photography, and adaptive paddling and more. 

For each program, we are limited by the number of boats on the River. Your reservation guarantees you a spot on the tour with a kayak and safety equipment. This is free of charge (not including entrance to the Park). If all the slots are full online, you may show up on the day of the event to be placed on a waiting list. Unfilled slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat.

Please meet at 8:45am at the Canoe Launch by Parking Lot 4, behind Pavilion 11.

If you are unable to attend after signing up, or for more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Fort Foster Dining Under the Stars - A Living History Event

 SAT FEB 15, 2020
 Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Dine under the stars like an 1830’s military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster at this pre-1840’s living history event and dinner.

Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, you will have the opportunity to enjoy more modern fare and flavor, such as roast pork, kettle beans, leafy green salad and other complimenting side dishes.

Visitors will start the journey back in time by enjoying a 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 masters’ supply room.

Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience.

After dinner and dessert you will have the luxury of roaming the quite historic fort grounds and view live black powder weapon firings before being transported back to the park and the modern day.

Cost $30 per person. Meet at Parking lot 1.  Contact Ava Foster: ava.l.foster@floridadep.gov 

Here is the registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-under-the-stars-tickets-86602017967

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

Listen on the Lawn with Jackson Creek Street Band

SAT FEB 8, 2020

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

You will enter the park free of charge and pay $5.00 per adult once you are at the concert area (cash only please). Bring your favorite chair or blanket and enjoy the fresh night air with the sounds of local and national musicians.

Get cozy next to our fire rings, snuggle up to a loved one or dance like no one's watching.

We will have fresh baked cookies, popcorn, sodas, coffee and hot chocolate all available for purchase and all proceeds go to support future improvements and events like this one. We hope to see you soon.

Additional Information:

Park in Parking Lot 4, across from the Pool, next to the Stage.  

Contact:
Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov 

Ft Foster RendezvousFort Foster Rendezvous

  SAT - SUN • feb 8 - 9, 2020

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

This annual event is a living history experience featuring reenactors, traders and craft demonstrations.

Refreshments and goods are available for purchase for visitor’s enjoyment. *Note: Bring cash as some of the vendors do not accept cards.

This is a two day event and there will be battle reenactments both Saturday and Sunday.

Entry to the event is $5 per person and no charge for children ages 12 and younger. All entry proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Please remember that we only accept cash and there are no ATMs on site.

Entrance to Fort Foster is just north of the main gate on the opposite side of 301.

You can Register as a reenactor for the Fort Foster Rendezvous.

For the Reenactor Registration form, click here. [Fort_Foster_Rendezvous_Registration_2020.pdf]

For the Guide for Reenactors, click here. [A_Guide_for_Reenactors.doc]

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT FEB 8, 2020

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 include: the human and natural history of the Hillsborough River, local wildlife, photography, and adaptive paddling and more. 

For each program, we are limited by the number of boats on the River. Your reservation guarantees you a spot on the tour with a kayak and safety equipment. This is free of charge (not including entrance to the Park). If all the slots are full online, you may show up on the day of the event to be placed on a waiting list. Unfilled slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat.

Please meet at 8:45am at the Canoe Launch by Parking Lot 4, behind Pavilion 11.

If you are unable to attend after signing up, or for more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Fort Foster School Days

Wed - fri • feb 5 - 7, 2020

Ft Foster School DaysA 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:
[Fort_Foster_School_Days_2020.pdf]

Fort Foster Dining Under the Stars - A Living History Event

 SAT JAN 18, 2020
 Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Dine under the stars like an 1830’s military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster at this pre-1840’s living history event and dinner.

Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, you will have the opportunity to enjoy more modern fare and flavor, such as roast pork, kettle beans, leafy green salad and other complimenting side dishes.

Visitors will start the journey back in time by enjoying a 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 masters’ supply room.

Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience.

After dinner and dessert you will have the luxury of roaming the quite historic fort grounds and view live black powder weapon firings before being transported back to the park and the modern day.

Cost $30 per person. Meet at Parking lot 1.  Contact Ava Foster: ava.l.foster@floridadep.gov 

The January date is the only one for which tickets are available for purchase as of now. Hopefully the sites for the other dates will be open soon. Here is the registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-under-the-stars-tickets-86601043051

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

Listen on the Lawn with Lilly Jane

SAT JAN 11, 2020

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

You will enter the park free of charge and pay $5.00 per adult once you are at the concert area (cash only please). Bring your favorite chair or blanket and enjoy the fresh night air with the sounds of local and national musicians.

Get cozy next to our fire rings, snuggle up to a loved one or dance like no one's watching.

We will have fresh baked cookies, popcorn, sodas, coffee and hot chocolate all available for purchase and all proceeds go to support future improvements and events like this one. We hope to see you soon.

The Lilly Jane band performs an eclectic mix of old-time traditional songs, originals, and unique covers. Their music features beautifully blended vocals backed by acoustic instruments that include guitar and clawhammer banjo. Lilly Jane explores songs forgotten and harmonies remembered with an original, earthy style that is both powerful and subtle. Lilly Jane is music, pure and simple.

Additional Information:

Park in Parking Lot 4, across from the Pool, next to the Stage.  

Contact:
Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov 

Fort Foster Candlelight Experience

FRI & sat - dec 13 & 14, 2019

Ft Foster Historic SiteTime: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The event on Friday & Saturday Dec. 13th & 14th will be held from 6pm-9pm. Enjoy a day of historic reenactments, skirmishes, crafts, music, cider and cookies. For more information, call the Ranger Station at 813-987-6771.

 

2019 Swamp Stomp @ Hillsborough River State Park 

Swamp STOMP postponed until Nov 23 due to flooding & RESPONSE TO HURRICANE DORIAN

if needed, ticket refunds will be available by contacting Ava Foster at Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov. We ask for patience in the refund process.

SAT NOV 23, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Swamp Stomp Mud RunThe 4th annual MudRun will be packed with over 4+ miles featuring over 30 obstacles, and is sure to challenge everyone. If you are not an expert, come run or walk anyway!  There will be plenty of mud to share.  After the Run, stick around for music, food, competitions, games and more. 

We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the fun. All levels and ages of runners are encouraged to race! Spectators welcome. Precedes from the event go to Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Please remember that insurance $5.00 per participant at time of check in (cash only). 

Participants will receive: 

  • Over 30 challenging obstacles from fire to mud, ice slides to walls, this race has it all! The 4+ mile mud run  will challenge your endurance while showing off some of Florida's best wetlands and wildlife.
  • Finishers receive a Medal and participant t-shirt
  • Free entrance into the Park and parking
  • One free beer, soda, or water
  • Post Race Party with music, competitions, games and more!

Any questions can be directed to Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov.   

Registration:  https://swampstomp.redpodium.com/hillsborough-river-4th-annual-swamp-stomp

Additional Information:

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). 

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).

Participation Requirements

Tickets start at $40.00 per person

It is anticipated that this event will sell out, so plan on registering early!

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

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

27th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State Park

FRI & SAT OCT 18 - 19, 2019

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

Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, this event includes the Haunted Woods Trail, Coloring Contests, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Food and refreshments will be available and music will be filling the air. There will be a Costume Contest both nights; all ages - 6 pm- 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.  Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Additional Information:

Volunteers Wanted

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

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

Located in the Southwest region at:

 Hillsborough River State Park
 15402 US 301 N.
 Thonotosassa, FL 33592
 

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT OCT 12, 2019

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 include: the human and natural history of the Hillsborough River, local wildlife, photography, and adaptive paddling and more. 

For each program, we are limited by the number of boats on the River. Your reservation guarantees you a spot on the tour with a kayak and safety equipment. This is free of charge (not including entrance to the Park). If all the slots are full online, you may show up on the day of the event to be placed on a waiting list. Unfilled slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat.

Please meet at 8:45am at the Canoe Launch by Parking Lot 4, behind Pavilion 11.

If you are unable to attend after signing up, or for more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Fort Foster Tour

SAT SEP 21, 2019

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Come learn the history of Fort Foster and its role during the Second Seminole War.  Walk through the bunk houses, touch artifacts from the War, hear stories of battles and discover what life was like in 1830's Florida.  Admission of $2 per person is payable at the Hillsborough River State Park Ranger station and parking is available at the Fort. 

For more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT SEP 14, 2019

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 include: the human and natural history of the Hillsborough River, local wildlife, photography, and adaptive paddling and more. 

For each program, we are limited by the number of boats on the River. Your reservation guarantees you a spot on the tour with a kayak and safety equipment. This is free of charge (not including entrance to the Park). If all the slots are full online, you may show up on the day of the event to be placed on a waiting list. Unfilled slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat.

Please meet at 8:45am at the Canoe Launch by Parking Lot 4, behind Pavilion 11.

If you are unable to attend after signing up, or for more Information, please email Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Insects of the NightInsects,the Heroes of the Night

  Fri & SAT - JUL 26 & 27, 2019

Time: 8:45pm

Join us for a special viewing event of nocturnal flyers and ID of local insects. Beginning with a short nature hike, Dr. Joe Cicero will lead guests to a back-light sheet, where insects will gather while we explore their behaviors, adaptations and taxonomy.

 

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT JUL 13, 2019

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 include: the human and natural history of the Hillsborough River, local wildlife, photography, and adaptive paddling and more. 

For each program, we are limited by the number of boats on the River. Your reservation guarantees you a spot on the tour with a kayak and safety equipment. This is free of charge (not including entrance to the Park). If all the slots are full online, you may show up on the day of the event to be placed on a waiting list. Unfilled slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own boat.

Please meet at 8:45am at the Canoe Launch by Parking Lot 4, behind Pavilion 11.

More Information:

Here's the link to sign up for the paddle: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49aaa822a0f58-second1

Email: Park Services Specialist, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Insects of the NightInsects,the Heroes of the Night

  SAT - JUN 22, 2019

Time: 8:45pm

Join us for a special viewing event of nocturnal flyers and ID of local insects. Beginning with a short nature hike, Dr. Joe Cicero will lead guests to a back-light sheet, where insects will gather while we explore their behaviors, adaptations and taxonomy.

 

Seasonal Fort Foster Tours

every THURSDAY

Time: 10:30am

Tours of Historic Fort Foster are currently being offered every Thursday at 10:30 am.  Tickets must be purchased at the ranger station before the tour and are $2.00 per person.  For larger groups reservations can be made and accommodations may be possible for separate tours. 

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

THIRD Saturday OF EACH MONTH 
  1/19/2019
  2/16/2019
  3/16/2019 
  4/20/2019

Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Dine under the stars like an 1830's military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster at this pre-1840's living history event and dinner. Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, such as heart of palm and gator tail, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy more modern fare, such as roast pork, kettle beans and other complimenting side dishes. Visitors will start the journey back in time by enjoying a 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 masters' supply room. Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience. After dinner you will have the luxury of roaming the quiet historic fort grounds and view live black powder weapon firings before being transported back to the park and the modern day.

Cost $25 per person. Meet at Parking lot 1.  Contact Ava Foster: ava.l.foster@floridadep.gov 

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT APR 13, 2019 eSt

Time: 8:45am - 10:15am

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, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Listen on the Lawn, Tattoo Annie Project 

SAT MAR 9, 2019 eSt

Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for an evening of great local music.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to relax with family and friends. Tattoo Annie Project was born around campfire jams, singing, and playing until the break of dawn and has matured into a full-fledged C.A.R.B. Band. They play music of Country, Americana, Rock and Blues genera. Refreshments will be available for purchase.  All proceeds will go to benefit Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Additional Information:

Park in Parking Lot 4, across from the Pool, next to the Stage.  A donation of $5 per person is suggested.

Contact:
Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov 

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT MAR 9, 2019 eSt

Time: 8:45am - 10:15am

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, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

2nd Saturday Paddle on the Hillsborough River

SAT FEB 9, 2019 eSt

Time: 8:45am - 10:15am

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, Ava Foster, at: Ava.L.Foster@FloridaDEP.gov

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

Ft Foster RendezvousFort Foster Rendezvous

  SAT - SUN • feb 9 - 10, 2019

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]

Upcoming & Educational Events

2016-2017 & 2019

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. No matter what your skill area or interest, you can get involved.

 

Click on School Registration and Fee Waiver form to the right for a printable copy.  School Registration & Fee Waiver form

 

 

 

 

 

 

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School DaysEducational Event

  WED - FRI • feb 6 - 8, 2019

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Hillsborough River State Park is excited to present “living history” events at the Fort Foster State Historic Site in February 2019. These living history reenactment events feature military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, as well as craft demonstrations, with special days (listed above) set aside for schools. Plan a field trip to one of these events and let your students experience what life was like almost 200 years ago in Florida.

School Registration & Fee Waiver form

Click on School Registration and Fee Waiver form to the right for a printable copy 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Foster Candlelight Experience

sat dec 15, 2018

Ft Foster Historic SiteTime: 12:00pm - 4:00pm & 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Due to severe weather, the Fort Foster Candlelight Event on Friday, Dec. 14th has been canceled. The event on Saturday Dec. 15th will be held from 12pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm. Enjoy a day of historic reenactments, skirmishes, crafts, music, cider and cookies. For more information, call the Ranger Station at 813-987-6771.

 

26th Annual Haunted Woods @ Hillsborough River State Park

FRI & SAT OCT 19 - 20, 2018

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

Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, this event includes the Haunted Woods Trail, Coloring Contests, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Food and refreshments will be available and music will be filling the air. There will be a Costume Contest both nights; all ages - 6 pm- 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.  Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Additional Information:

Volunteers Wanted

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

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

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 22, 2018

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pmHaunted Woods

Volunteer event this Saturday, September 22nd on National Public Lands Day.  Volunteers are invited to improve the Park by removing exotic species from a pristine ecosystem or restoring historical buildings.

Volunteers should meet at 8:30am in Parking Lot 3 and plan to work until 12pm. Plan to wear closed toed shoes, bring sun protection and water. After a morning full of work, volunteers are encouraged to stay in the Park for lunch and an afternoon of enjoying trails, the River and much more.

Contact Ava Foster for more information.  To register, sign up here- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49aaa822a0f58-national

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

THIRD Saturday OF EACH MONTH 
  2/17/2018
  3/17/2018
  4/21/2018

Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

This is a pre-1840’s living history event and dinner featuring 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]

2018 Swamp Stomp Leftover Race                @Hillsborough River State Park 

SAT SEP 15, 2017

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Swamp Stomp Mud RunWe began our Swamp Stomp races in 2016 and we continue to seek out new and exciting obstacles and "Swamp Swag" to keep our Stompers coming back.  Over our last three races we have accumulated some pretty cool swag and rather than let cool stuff go to waste, why not have a "leftover race"?

Any and all leftover t-shirts and medals will be distributed at this race. This will be a great opportunity to collect a previous Swamp Stomp medal that you missed or really love!  (Although you have the option to select your t-shirt size, we cannot guarantee we have an ample stock of that size.  We will do our best to match your needs.)

Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

Additional Information:

Register online at Red Podium

Participation Requirements

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

Tickets $30.00 per participant

Parking $10.00 per vehicle, cash only please, unless you are registered as a camper

Insurance $5.00 per participant, cash at time of check in

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

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

2018 Swamp Stomp @ Hillsborough River State Park 

SAT MAY 12, 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.

Elite & Open waves available.

Registration:  https://swampstomp.redpodium.com/hillsborough-river-3rd-annual-swamp-stomp

Additional Information:

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).

Participation Requirements

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. 

It is anticipated that this event will sell out, so plan on registering early!

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

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

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Haunted Woods

FRI - sAT OCT 21-22, 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society this event includes the Haunted Woods Trail, Coloring Contest, and Family Tram Ride (Tram runs Saturday Night ONLY!). Refreshments will be available. There will be a Costume Contest both nights. All ages - 6:00 pm - 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.

Candlelight Experience at Ft Foster

FRI - sAT DEC 9-10, 2016

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 12/09/16 and Saturday 12/10/16, will happen after 8:00 pm, as the Seminoles try to burn the bridge and the soldiers defend it.

Ft Foster Rendezvous

SAT - sUN Jan 28-29, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

This Annual Event at the Fort Foster State Historic Site is a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, sutlers, traders, and craft demonstrations. Refreshments will be available for visitors’ enjoyment. Battle reenactment  will be on Saturday 01/28/17 and Sunday 01/29/17, where there will be skirmishes after 1 pm, as the Seminoles try to burn the bridge and the soldiers defend it. 

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

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