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.


Did you know?

  • Hillsborough River State Park is over 3000 acres.
  • This park is one of the original Florida state parks.
  • The park is open 365 days a year.
  • The river is fed by Crystal Springs and the Green Swamp.
  • Fort Foster is the only standing replica of a Second Seminole War fort in the US.

Journey Back in Time

The HRSPPS is committed to preserving and maintaining  historic structures that tell the visitors of today the park’s stories from yesterday.

The caretaker’s cottage, support buildings and the suspension bridge at Hillsborough River State Park were constructed between 1934 and 1936. Most of the park’s recreational facilities were constructed between 1935 and 1938. Additional wood frame and native stone residences were constructed by park personnel, and several picnic shelters and a boat house were constructed between 1939 and 1941 from National Park Service plans, probably by the Florida Park Service or its contractors.


Fort Foster Historic Site

Come and experience the Real Florida frontier at Fort Foster Historic Site. Fort Foster was one of the original Seminole War forts constructed in Florida during the early 1800s. Today a replica wood picket style fort has been constructed on the original site.

Park Rangers provide tours, and explain the Fort operations and living conditions, as well as telling the history of the Seminole Wars in Florida. A visit to Fort Foster can be a very enjoyable addition to your visit to Hillsborough River State Park. You can climb aboard our park tram and take a trip back in time—two hundred years back in time!

The Interpretive Center has exhibits and artifacts describing the Seminole Indian Wars and is open everyday from 8am to 5pm for visitors to browse through.