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Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Alligator Creek Site
The center is located on 3,000 acres of diverse habitat bordered on the north by Alligator Creek, and on the west by Charlotte Harbor. Stop at the visitor’s reception building to view an exhibit of area ecosystems and beautiful carved wood replicas of birds and fish. A touch tank, mounts of loc...
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Hillsborough River State Park
Description: The picturesque Hillsborough River flows through 2,994 acres of live oak hammock, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and freshwater marshes in one of Florida’s oldest parks. Eight miles of nature trails give visitors a chance to escape the crowds and glimpse beautiful native habitats and their associated wildlife.

Wildlife to Watch: Typical wildlife species include fox, raccoon, striped skunk, bobcat, deer, and migratory warblers. Look for the otters, alligators, turtles, and snakes in or along the river. Signs of feral hog and armadillo are common.

Special Tips: Swimming is permitted in the artificial swimming area only-not in the river.

Canoe rentals are available.

Other Activities: This park is close to Tampa and is a popular destination for recreationist. Early morning hikes on one of three brief trails, or a longer excursion on the 3.4 mile Florida Trail loop (on the north side of the river) yield the greatest chance of catching glimpses of wildlife. Visitors wishing to hike the Florida Trail loop should register with the office and carry drinking water.

Ownership: Department of Environmental Protection 
Size: 2994 acres 
Closest Town: Thonotosassa

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleFeeSmall BoatsTrailer CampingDrinking WaterSwimming

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Hillsborough River SP - photo by Florida State Parks
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Driving Directions:
Take Interstate 75 to exit 54 (Florida Highway 582). Go east on Florida 582 for one mile to U.S. Highway 301. Travel east on US 301 for 9 miles to park entrance.

For more information call (813) 987-6771.

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Hillsborough River State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area