The Hillsborough River Kayak Trail flows through pristine surroundings offering opportunities to immerse yourself in native Florida.. The tropical forest of cypresses, oaks, and palms canopies much of the river on this journey. Turtles and an occasional alligator are frequently seen sunning on the trunks of dead fallen trees or the riverbanks. The river then broadens and is bathed with direct sunlight. Extensive bird life can be seen on most trips. You should observe heron, egret, ibis, anhinga, vultures, and roseate spoonbills during this paddle.