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.

Real Florida Recreation

The opportunities for outdoor entertainment are endless.

Hillsborough River State Park can provide you with many hours of communing with nature or just plain relaxation and fun. From an afternoon picnic, an all day family reunion, an extended stay by overnight camping or a corporate gathering, Hillsborough River State Park provides an exceptional setting in a natural environment for folks to relax and reconnect with family, friends and colleagues.

Amenities for our Visitors

Hillsborough River State Park offers 112 campsites, picnic areas, pavilions and the Spirit of the Woods Pool Side Café and Gift Shop. You could grab your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in our 1/2 acre swimming pool (currently closed for repair). Get breakfast or lunch at the Spirit of the Woods Cafe’, and visit the gift shop located there.

Stay for the night or weekend in our 106-site family campground. Go hiking or biking on the many miles of trails within the park, or take a canoe trip down the river and check out the beautiful rapids—the park’s most outstanding natural feature. The gift shop is open 9am-5pm seven days a week, and the concession is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 9am-4pm. Canoes and bikes can be rented from 9am–3pm.

Back to Nature

A popular trail is the Rapids Nature Trail. It meanders through oak hammocks to the edge of the Hillsborough River at the point where an outcropping of limestone rocks has created rapids. This area is a popular spot for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.