One of Floridas 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 parks 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. For schedule and catering information, call (863) 385-7025. A recreation hall is available for rental, as are several picnic pavilions. A museum showcasing the history of the CCC is open 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Located on County Road 634, four miles west of Sebring.

Great easy walk, great vegetation-including palms, pines, orange trees (with oranges), no Alligator(s)-did spot an Armadillo burrowing in the soft soil near the roadway entrance!

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail loop!

walking
9 months ago

Very neat little trail - you walk on these half-boardwalks through some swamp area - even saw a small alligator!

walking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Beautiful!

mountain biking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Peaceful ride, lots of cool wildlife to see. They have bike rentals there at a very reasonable price if you want to ride. Very nice staff

walking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Decent trails. Trail "lengths" in minutes is a bit overrated.. Was done with most in just slightly over half the time it allotted per trail. Bugs were terrible.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great trails for hiking and great primitive camping!

backpacking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Great trails, all well maintained. Did all of the loop trails with ease. Camped in the primitive camping area and hiked starting from our site out to the bike path and made a full loop back to the camp site.

Highlands Hammock has lots of very flat, easy trails. Some are long and some are shirt. It's a great place to hike!

Did all 5 short loop trails. All were well-kept and we saw otter, alligators and woodpeckers.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Very nice for a Florida trail. Fun walk ways and plenty of alligator sightings! We saw a mama sunbathing with three or four babies on her.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Very nice place. Deer flies can get bad at times on the trails.

hiking
Friday, April 20, 2012

Just beautiful!!!! Camped there for 7 days. Lots of diff Eco systems. Tons of wildlife

walking
Sunday, August 22, 2010

A beautiful place to see. Lots of trees and wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

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