Hillsborough River

Hillsborough River
Hillsborough River “Rapids”

Just northeast of Tampa is one of the oldest parks in Florida: Hillsborough River State Park. I stopped in to check the place out and camp for one night. It is an absolutely beautiful park. I hiked the Nature Trail the day I arrived, which follows the Hillsborough River for much of the way. They claim the rapids is a Class II, but that may be an exaggeration. It looked like ripples to me, but there was a bit of splashing going on. Still, the hike along the river bank is thick with both flora and fauna.

CCC suspension bridge
A suspension bridge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936

The next morning I ventured across the river and hiked the longer Florida Trail. An equally beautiful trail, but thick, thick, thick vegetation. I saw quite a few deer in the morning, and alligators were said to be present, but I saw no sign of one. A wonderful hike, regardless. I’m glad I had hit the trail early, by the last mile, I was getting pretty warm, as the temperature and humidity rose.

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Just a basic, down to Earth, laid back type of guy here, who loves the outdoors, the indoors, jazz on the turntable, a fire in the woodstove, the northern lights blazing across the sky, and the company of good friends. View all posts by icefogger

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