- Hillsborough River State Park
Infobox_protected_area | name = Hillsborough River State Park
iucn_category = V
caption = Hillsborough River
location = Hillsborough County,
nearest_city = Tampa and Zephyrhills
lat_degrees = 28
lat_minutes = 06
lat_seconds = 14
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 82
long_minutes = 16
long_seconds = 41
long_direction = W
area = 3,383 acres
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Popular activities include
fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, camping, birding, and nature photography. The park also has a swimming pool, camping, and a restaurant and gift shop. Canoesand bicycles can be rented at the park.
Much of the park is a
live oakhammock due to its proximity to the river. Certain sections are swampy, but much of the forest surrounding the river is elevated, so floods are not regular. Land near the entrance of the park consists of pine trees and saw palmettos.
Hillsborough River State Park is one of the eight original
Florida State Parkscreated in 1938. The park is cleaved into two halves by a swiftly flowing section of the Hillsborough River. This section of the riveris noted for having several clusters of small rapids; it is one of the few rivers in Florida to have a system of rapids.
Also located on park land is a replica of Fort Foster, which was originally built in
1837during the Second Seminole War. Tours of the fort are given on weekends, with many artifacts on display from Florida's pioneer history.
* [http://www.floridastateparks.org/hillsboroughriver/default.cfm Hillsborough River State Park] at [http://www.floridastateparks.org Florida State Parks]
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