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Highlands Hammock State Park

Sebring, Florida

Contact Information
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring, 33872
(863) 386-6094

Florida State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-800-326-3521

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!."

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

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

Florida Highlands Hammock State Park
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Park 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 our prescribed burn and the restoration it has created.

Bike rentals are available at the ranger station.

Birding
The park’s varied habitats provide excellent birding opportunities for all enthusiasts and are part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. A bird checklist is available at the ranger station.

Concessions
The Hammock Inn has just reopened as the “Friendship Lodge,” operated by Nancy and Patsy Davis, both Florida natives, who are looking forward to the switch from busy career women to busy restaurant/camp store operators.

Full Facility Camping
Our family campground offers water, and electric hookups, a dump station and access to restrooms with shower facilities. Nearly all sites offer some shade, and are close to nature trails, the picnic area, CCC Museum and the Hammock Inn concession. Enjoy viewing deer feeding right from your site during the off-season times.Reservations may be made up to eleven months in advance. One night’s camping fee deposit will be required (credit card only – must be canceled within 24 hours of check-in time for refund)

Horse Trails
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. Daily equestrian fee is $6.00. 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).

Nature Trails
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.

Picnicking
Pack a basket or cooler and enjoy a leisurely picnic in our 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. (Call 863-386-6094 for more information, or to reserve a pavilion, reservations are taken up to 11 months in advance) BBQ grills are also available. The Hammock Inn, our park’s concession, and the State of Florida’s Civilian Conservation Corps Museum are also located in the picnic area.

Primitive Camping
Drive to primitive sites with no electric, no running water and pit toilet. Drive to family campground for shower facilities. These sites have ground fire rings and picnic tables-they are located in an open pine flatwoods area.

Wildlife Viewing
Enjoy viewing White-tailed deer up close during the early evening hours in the historic grove areas. See alligators swimming and basking along the swamps from the boardwalks over the dark waters. Hear the scream of Red Shouldered Hawks hunting prey through the hardwood hammock. Listen for the deep resonating sounds of Barred Owls calling in the hours near dusk.

Youth Camping
Drive to youth site situated in an oak hammock setting. Non-designated restroom facility with hot & cold running water, electric, and a shower on site. Campfire ring and picnic tables too.