Hillsborough River State Park

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  1. Rabbit86

    Rabbit86 Member

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    Went to Hillsborough River State Park from Sunday until Today (mandatory Evacuation, were not supposed to leave until Friday). First time to the campground. Check in was fast and friendly - we were warned about Eta. Over 1.5 miles from camp entrance to camp ground. Very quiet, but the park was empty (Storm Eta was headed in, less than 1/4 of the campsites (both rings) were occupied) Roads are very narrow and it's obvious this is one of the older parks. Some spots are close together, none seemed very deep. We were in spot 105, in the Hammock Circle campground. Site was hard packed sand/shells, just enough room to get the camper in with the truck attached, parking spot to 1 side. Very level. Couldn't really get and closer to the utilities, and the awning (12 foot box on the camper) went past the raised part of the campsite. Water pressure was good, electricity was stable. TV reception was mediocre. Cell reception was good. Bathhouse in poor condition (they were kept clean, but very beat up). Showers very small and not really private - reminded me of locker room showers in High School. Wife mentioned water pressure seemed low but saw no similar issue in men's room. Toilets not secure to floor, either. Obvious plumbing leaks, and stalls were quite worn with doors that wouldn't close correctly. Several trails to walk, dog liked walking the campgrounds. hosts drive around about 5:30pm w/firewood and ice. First time camping in a long time where we didn't see another pup. It was too bad the rain started and we were evac'd - would have loved to walk the long trail (can't remember name) as that's the one we missed. Saw lots of birds during trail walks and even walking the campground. At night, we saw a few possum wondering around, they weren't concerned with us at all. Even the squirrels didn't seem to be worried about you walking close. We plan to go back, it's just close enough for a "weekender" if we can get the dates, otherwise it may have to wait awhile.
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  2. Fasttimes7

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    We enjoy the Hills, especially to do "Tampa" area things like Bush Gardens. The river having rapids is very cool, pretty unusual for Fla. Touring the Fort is also a must if/when they resume them. There are sites of all sizes there, we have never had a shallow one.
     
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    Stayed there in 2018. Found it to be dated, but functional and enjoyable. The wildlife has no fear of humans. My grandson put his cheese stick on the table and a squirrel pounced on it and back on the tree in a flash. Had a raccoon try to drag away my trash bag while is was cleaning up. We had Tampa City Pass and were more tired after vacation than before.
     

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