Camping in Hillsborough County


You don't have to go far to sleep under the stars. Hillsborough County has numerous camping opportunities, ranging from RV and tent camping with amenities, to youth group camping. Want to really get away? Primitive, remote camping sites are available at select sites. Find your camping style and enjoy!

  1. Amenity camping (RVs/Trailers/Tents)

    Features: Potable water, electric, picnic tables and fire pits on every site. Additionally, all the sites are conveniently located within feet of clean restrooms and showers with hot water.

    Cost:

    • Regular rate - $24 per night, up to 8 people with 1 RV/trailer or 2 tents
    • Adult 55+ discount rate - $18 per night for adult 55 or older (site must be registered in the name of the person qualified for the discounted rate. Person registering campsite must be present for all nights)
    • Adult 65+ and resident discount rate - $12 per night for adult 65 or older who is also a resident of Hillsborough County (site must be registered in the name of the person qualified for the discounted rate. Person registering campsite must be present for all nights)

    How to register and checkout

    • All sites are first come first serve
    • Checkout time is 11 AM for all locations
    • To extend your stay, you must reregister by 10 AM on the day of your scheduled check out

    Call the park to learn more and check availability.

    Locations:

    • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park (813) 671-7655 
      • 103 campsites
      • All sites offer 30 amp service, 55 sites also offer 50 amp service
      • 99 sites are 30 feet or longer, 4 sites are under 30 feet
    • Edward Medard Conservation Park (813) 757-3802
      • 42 campsites
      • All sites offer 30 amp service, 14 sites also offer 50 amp service
      • Sites range from 30 feet in length to 60 feet, with most between 32 - 55 feet
    • Lithia Springs Conservation Park (813) 744-5572
      • 45 campsites
      • All sites offer 30 amp service, 15 sites also offer 50 amp service
      • Sites range from 14 feet. in length to over 100 feet, with most sites between 40 - 80 feet
  2. Youth group camping (Tent camping only)

    Features: Sites range in size and can accommodate groups as small as 12 to as large as 50. Youth group sites usually have potable water, picnic tables, and fire pits. They are also usually close to clean restrooms and showers. Checkout time is noon for all locations.

    Cost: $2 per person, per night. Minimum of 12 people. Reservations are required.

    How to reserve: Call the park to learn more and book your site. Must provide proof that you are affiliated with an organized youth group. Checkout time is noon for all locations.

    Locations:

    • Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park  
      • To make a reservation, call the park directly at (813) 757-3801
      • Camping cost $2 per person with a minimum of $24
      • There are 2 sites:
        • Site one has a maximum of 35 people
        • Site two has a maximum of 50 people
    • Lake Conservation Park
      • To make a reservation, call the park directly at (813) 264-3806
      • Camping cost $2 per person with a minimum of $24
      • There are 2 sites:
        • Site one has a maximum of 50 people
        • Site two has a maximum of 25 people
    • Lithia Springs Conservation Park
      • To make a reservation, call the park directly at (813) 744-5572
      • Camping cost $2 per person with a minimum of $24
      • There are 2 sites:
        • Site one has a maximum of 50 people
        • Site two has a maximum of325 people
    • Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park
      • To make a reservation, call the park directly at (813) 855-1765
      • Camping cost $2 per person with a minimum of $24
      • There are 2 sites:
        • Site one has a maximum of 40 people
        • Site two has a maximum of 30 people
  3. Primitive camping (Tent camping only)

    Features: These sites have no water, no electric, and require you to hike in all of your supplies.

    Cost: See locations below for costs.

    Reservation and location info: Reservations are required. Checkout time is noon for all locations.

    • Alafia River Corridor (ARC) Nature Preserve
      • Camping is FREE at this location
      • To make a reservation, fill out our online reservation form
      • Reservations must be received at least 14 days prior to your desired camping date
      • A staff member will get back with you in 1 to 2 business days to let you know if your chosen camping dates are available, and finalize your reservation
      • For more information, call (813) 210-7019. A staff member is available Mon-Fri 8 AM to 4 PM to assist you
      • There are three campsites available - Download the ARC camping map
        • Backcountry site A is only accessible by hiking 2.4 miles with your equipment and supplies from the trailhead located on County Road 39
          • This site may be reserved for a maximum of seven nights
        • Primitive sites B and C are accessible by car from the Keysville Road entrance. You must obtain a gate code before entering. You cannot access the hiking trails from sites B and C- they are only accessible from the trailhead located on County Road 39 
          • These sites may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights
    • Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park
      • Camping costs $2 per person with a minimum of $12
      • There are 4 sites with a maximum of 8 people per site
      • To make a reservation, call the park directly at (813) 757-3801
      • View or download the Aldermans's Ford park map

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