The Hillsborough River State Park provides multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation — both water- and land-based. Although you need a Florida freshwater fishing license, freshwater fishing for bass, bream and catfish is a popular pastime. Canoe or kayak in the river or swim in the large pool. There are five trails in the park — River Rapids Trail, Baynard Trail, Florida Trail,Wetlands Restoration Trail and the Fort King Trail — where visitors can hike or bike. Picnic under pavilions or large groups can even rent enclosed pavilions or a recreation hall equipped with a kitchen. Also, there are 112 campsites available for tent, trailer or RV camping.
The Spirit of the Woods is a poolside cafe and gift shop that offers breakfast, lunch and snacks. Here you will find a wide array of souvenirs, field guides and books related to Florida and a small selection of camping supplies.
Nature- and history-based programs are provided by park rangers and include nature walks, campfire programs, Fort Foster tours and special programs.
While much of the park is ADA accessible — fishing, swimming and restrooms — those in wheelchairs may find some of the trails a challenge to navigate.