Feeling like getting back to nature and are too sunburned to have some good time at the beach? Hillsborough River in Tampa offers inexpensive canoeing and camping. Hillsborough River is located in Florida states in the United States. It originates from the green swamp near Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco juncture with a 60 miles flow through Hillsborough and Pasco Counties to an outlet in Tampa city on Tampa Bay.
It’s home to a lot of species including large birds rookeries existence. Students from Hillsborough County also visit the place to learn about the watershed, ecosystem and the beautiful Florida animals. The river also contributed to the construction of a dam (Hillsborough River Dam) which supplies water for the Tampa city. Tampa Bay Water is also permitted to withdraw water from this river under specific conditions during the igh flow’ times.
Hillsborough River Park
Tour the river park and enjoy the kayaking adventure: you can even extend anywhere from four to fourteen miles long if you want to enjoy your trip to the end. Hillsborough River tour is subdivided into four segments, giving you the opportunity to paddle all of them at once which might take a complete day for a one-way 14 miles paddling. For a great adventure, try each section individually. During your tour, you will come across a plethora of wildlife which is nurtured everywhere around the river for beautification. Photo lovers can take great pictures at an old railroad bridge along the river. There are more difficult and risky sections on the river which are not favorable for paddling beginners: experienced paddlers can explore the river but with much caution.
The flow of the river isn’t challenging hence you can rent canoes for a big family for an easy paddle. The park provides canoes of all sizes which can even accommodate a family of four for 2-4 hours jaunts. It also provides river maps if needed for paddling instructions. The perfect time for great wildlife sightings is around dusk or early in the morning. Let your family have eyes peeled for opossums, bobcats, gray foxes, white-tailed deer, armadillos, raccoons, red-tailed hawks, alligators, ospreys, and water birds. Also at the entrance have a glance at the cluster of small rapids which are few in Florida rivers. Most parts of the park are live oak hammock enhanced due to its proximity to the river. Some parts are swampy but floods are not regular because much of the surrounding forest is elevated.
While within Hillsborough River Park, you can visit the reconstructed Fort Foster (was built as a defensive bridge during the Second Seminole War). The fort was on a supply trail running from Fort King (presently Ocala) to Fort Brooke in Tampa Bay. No major battles were conducted here, there were just skirmishes and over the years the main fort deteriorated and the growing generation vandalized it.
Visit Hillsborough River in Tampa for a lifetime vacation experience while enjoying the great services offered to tourists. Enjoy the swimming pool, the picnic tables and water sources laid strategically around the area.