Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Tidings-Hillsborough River State Park

With the beauty of autumn weather,
we decided to go to a state park we've never visited.
is located in Thonotosassa.
(Try saying that three times fast.)
It was well worth the hour-long drive.

(I apologize ahead of time for the picture quality.
The new camera should be here anyday.)




This piece of history was one of
the first state parks in Florida.
It was one of the many endeavors of the CCC.

When I read that it was certified Autism-friendly,
I knew we had to pay it a visit.

"The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida has designated the Hillsborough River State Park/Florida Park Service an autism-friendly state park. This 3,383 acres property became the Tampa Bay area's first autism-friendly state park after CARD-USF provided training to Florida Park Service staff members. The training covers topics such as autism spectrum disorders and strategies that enhance the experience while visiting the park."






This cabin which serves as the interpretive center,
was the original park entrance.



Inside you'll find a collection of relics
and a description of the history of the area.


We enjoyed the tour with our own bikes.



Rentals of bicycles, golf carts
and these cool surreys is also available.






There was fall color to be found.



Wouldya look at that view?
I can't wait to go back with a working camera
because these photos don't do it justice.
The rushing water was intoxicating.
It was really somethin'.






The highlight of our visit
was the massive suspension bridge.








We later realized that bikes are designated
for certain areas-the bridge not included.
Oooops...




We had a great time and it was such a beautiful day.
How blessed we are to live in such an amazing place.
Enjoy your day!