Highlands Hammock State Park

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Highlands Hammock State Park

Florida

(863) 386-6094

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Overview

One of Florida's oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931, this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. During the Great Depression, just prior to World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed additional park facilities and the beginnings of a botanical garden. Many visitors enjoy bicycling the scenic 3-mile loop drive or hiking along the park´s nine trails. An elevated boardwalk traverses an old-growth cypress swamp. For equestrians, there is an 11-mile, day-use trail. Picnicking is another popular activity as are ranger-guided tours of the park. Highlands Hammock offers a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. A full-service restaurant is located on the park grounds.

Map of Highlands Hammock (FL)

Latitude, Longitude: 27.471139, -81.531218

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    A paved loop drive through the hammock offers nature study and is ideal for cyclists as bicycles are not permitted on the nature trails. This drive is smooth and suitable for roller-blading, or skating. A six mile "off roadway" bicycle trail is also available and is best suited for fat tired bikes. See the results of the prescribed burn and the restoration it has created. Bike rentals are available at the ranger station.

  • Camping

    This family campground offers water and electric hookups, a dump station, access to restrooms with shower facilities, and laundry and dish washing areas. Nearly all sites offer some shade; however, open spots can be found for those who love the sun or want to ensure clear satellite reception. There are four equestrian sites and miles of equestrian trails for those who enjoy camping with their horses. A recreation hall with full kitchen, large seating area, restrooms and grill is nearby and available for renting for reunions, rallies or large events. Well behaved pets are welcome in the campground.

    Maximum RV length = 50 Ft. A short drive from the park entrance, the youth campsite is located in a shaded oak hammock. Restrooms with hot and cold water, electricity, a shower, camp fire ring and picnic tables are provided. Drive-to wilderness sites, located in an open pine flatwood area, have ground fire rings, picnic tables and a pit toilet, but no electricity or running water. Showers are available at the family campground. Youths must be chaperoned by at least one adult, 21 years of age or older, for each 10 youths. A primitive group camp is available for organized groups of six or more. Youths must be chaperoned by at least one adult, 21 years of age or older, for each 10 youths. The primitive site includes a grill, tables and a pit type toilet nearby. Full service restrooms are available in the family campground.

  • Hiking

    Highlands Hammock Webster defines hammock as " a fertile area in the southern U.S. and especially Florida, that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil." True enough. But visitors to Highlands Hammock State Park know exactly what it means -- " Beautiful!." Stroll along the elevated boardwalk over Charlie Bowlegs Creek and search the tea-colored water for alligators. Walk along the boardwalk of the Memorial Trail and view the colorful, scattered leaves. See fall in Florida, and maybe observe a flock of White Ibis feeding. Walk deep into the woods under the expansive tree canopy of the Ancient Hammock Trail. Wonder over the giant oaks and their airplant-laden branches. This park is remote and quiet, affording a very relaxing and peaceful wilderness experience.

  • Historic Sites

    Various exhibits are found throughout the park, interpreting the history and natural and cultural resources found here. Visit the Hammock Inn restaurant to view taxidermied wildlife and the ancient tortoise shell.

    A brief (10 minute) video of actual early park construction by the CCC is shown throughout the day in the state's Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. Visit the museum to enjoy interactive exhibits highlighting the 1930-40 era, when the park was constructed. View exhibits reflecting the CCC's influence throughout the United States and in Florida State Parks.

  • Horseback Riding

    Come ride your horse along 11 miles of firelane trails through remote natural areas. Surprise White-tailed deer, bobcats, and other wildlife as you quietly plod along in the silence. This day-use trail is available for anyone desiring to ride his or her own horses, please be sure to bring a negative Coggins report. Camping with your horses is also acceptable. (Contact Reserve America for reservations) Horse camp area is located at start of 11-mile trail. This area is primitive, with no electricity or restroom facility. Restrooms are located a short drive away, self contained units and generators are welcome in this area. There is room for trailer parking at this area, tie outs and water trough are provided. (Appropriate primitive/wilderness camping fees apply)

  • Picnicking

    Pack a basket or cooler and enjoy a leisurely picnic in the shady, pleasant picnic area. Let the kids climb on the playground, or swing on the swings while you fellowship with friends in one of several reservable picnic pavilions.

Park Partners

Friends of Highland Hammock

(863) 386-6094

The Hammock Inn

(863) 385-7025

Directions

Driving

Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(863) 386-6094

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