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Hillsborough Co. featured park: E.G. Simmons Regional Park
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Hillsborough Co. featured park: E.G. Simmons Regional Park

Ruskin, FL -- Hillsborough County has an abundance of regional parks to discover, explore and enjoy during July, National Park and Recreation Month. This week’s featured park is E.G. Simmons Regional Park, 2401 19th Ave. N.W. in Ruskin.

E.G. Simmons Park, located only three miles north of Ruskin, has been a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts since the mid-1960s. The Park was developed from 258 acres of native mangroves and open land areas, intertwined with waterways. An additional 200 acres of mangrove swamp has been preserved as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

Undoubtedly, the most popular features of the park are the picnic areas and campground, which boasts beautiful waterfront views. E.G. Simmons Park has 87 individual camp sites and one group site. Bird watching in the shallow waters and surrounding mangroves are also a popular pastime of park visitors.

A public beach provides visitors with a perfect setting for sunbathing and swimming, while a boat launch provides access for saltwater fishing and boating. The park also offers fishing piers and areas for bank fishing.

Hours:

  • Spring/Summer 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fall/Winter 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fees:         

  • Entry - $2 per vehicle carrying up to eight people and $1 each additional person
  • Annual Entrance Pass - $50 individual, $100 family
  • Boat Launch - $5 per boat
  • Annual Boat Launch Pass - $100
  • Camping fees - $24 per night, $18 per night for seniors

Camping is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not accepted, and campers must register with the office before taking a campsite.

  • Canoe/Kayak Rental - $25 for four hours
  • Shelter Rental -     Small Shelter $40 per day  
  • Medium Shelter $70 per day  
  • Large Shelter $125 per day  
  • Extra Large Shelter $225 per day

Activities/Features:

beach volleyball court, boat ramp, camping, canoe launch, canoe rentals, electrical hookups for camping, fishing, grills, hiking, picnic tables, playground, potable water, restrooms with hot and cold showers near camp sites, RV/camper sewage dump stations, swimming, and waterfront camping sites.

E.G. Simmons Regional Park is an excellent place to have good time on a tight budget and escape summer crowds. View E.G. Simmons Regional Park photos of on Facebook at HillsboroughFL or by clicking on this link.

The first park featured during this year’s National Parks and Recreation Month was Lettuce Lake. Other regional parks that will be highlighted include Edward Medard, Lake Park, and the Wilderness Parks System.

For more information on E. G. Simmons Park, contact (813) 671-7655; to rent a shelter, call (813) 931-RENT.

 

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