Dead River Park

Situated at the confluence of Dead River and the Hillsborough River, this park is a pleasant place to unwind. Nature lovers appreciate a scenic two-mile trail alongside the Hillsborough River.

Park Details

Street Address

15098 Dead River Road
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
United States

21 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for bicycle and pedestrian access. Vehicle access allowed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • 2-mile unpaved, elevated single-lane road.
  • Bicycles allowed on river trail.
  • Always yield to foot travelers.
  • Do not skid.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Camping fee.
  • Campsite available to youth groups by reservation only. Minimum of 6 and maximum of 30 campers allowed. Groups must have their own insurance.
  • A 0.25-mile hiking trail for use by campers located adjacent to campground.
  • Bathhouse and picnic facilities provided.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Available on Hillsborough River.
  • Contact FWC  for license requirements.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • 2-mile entrance road.
  • 2-mile natural surface river trail.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Canoe launch is a short portage from parking area.
  • Canoe landing upstream one mile at old Reagan home site.
  • Hillsborough River State Park located further upstream.
  • Downstream is Seventeen Runs. This portion of Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail is designated as a primitive trail. Experienced paddlers only. Deadfall obstacles are frequent, dry ground for rest breaks is hard to find and the many forking channels can easily disorient paddlers. Pay close attention to flow of river and look for trail markers.

Recreation Term

Picnic Facilities

Recreation Description
  • Picnic tables located a short walk from parking area.
  • Disabled individuals may contact park in advance for special vehicle access.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • About nine miles northeast of I-75. From I-75, exit at Fowler Avenue, travel east for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto US 301, heading north. Drive about 8 miles and look for Dead River Road on left. Follow this road 0.75 miles to a gate. If open, drive to parking lot at end of road — about 2 miles.
  • Admission fee.
  • Visitors may drive scenic entrance road to main parking area during normal operating hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water

Restroom and water fountain located by picnic area.

  • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.
  • Owners are required by law to pick up after dogs.
For more Information
  • Hillsborough County's Dead River Wilderness Park, (813) 987-6210
  • Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department,
  • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways & Trails,