Suncoast Chapter - Florida Trail Association

Upper Hillsborough Hiking Trail

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Upper Hillsborough Trailhead
Upper Hillsborough River State Park Hiking Trail - Entrance
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This 4.6 mile linear trail is accessible from SR/CR-54 on the north and from the Zephyrhills by-pass road, CR-535, on the west. During the spring you can see many wildflowers in bloom and during the fall, the swallow-tailed kites gather together to begin their migration south. It is quite a spectacle to see 10 to 20 of these magnificent birds overhead at one time. The trail features one campsite near the southwestern trailhead. The campsite is equipped with a pitcher-pump well. The water must be treated, filtered, or boiled before use. Camping is by permit only. Contact SWFWMD at 1-800-423-1476 to obtain a permit.

The hiking trail passes through several different ecosystems in the Upper Hillsborough Wildlife Management Area.

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Tortoise spotted on the trail
Upper Hillsborough River State Park Hiking Trail - Tortoise on trail
Photo by Robert Brooks

One of our youngest volunteers
Upper Hillsborough River State Park Hiking Trail - Volunteer
Photo by Robert Brooks

Upper Hillsborough River State Park Hiking Trail - Campsite
Photo by Robert Brooks
FTA and Suncoast Chapter activities are lead by "Certified Activity Leaders."
Risk Assumption: There are certain risks which are inherent in any hike or other Florida Trail Association activity. Each FTA member, guest, or non-member hiker agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety and the safety of minors accompanying such persons. The Association cannot ensure the safety of any participant on hikes or activities. When participating in Association activities, each person agrees to hold harmless and free from all blame the activity leaders and the Florida Trail Association . . . its' officers and members . . . for any accident, injury, or illness which may be sustained from participating in Association activities.