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. Picnicking is another popular activity as are ranger-guided tram tours of the park. Highlands Hammock offers a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. A recreation hall is available for rental, as are several picnic pavilions. Nature study and wildlife sightings abound on the nine 1/2-mile nature trails. The scenic 3.2-mile "Loop Drive" travels under a dense hardwood hammock. Convenient parking areas at each trailhead make this excellent for bicycling, jogging, walking or roller-blading. Bicycle rentals available, as is an eight mile off road bicycle trail. There are two playgrounds, campgrounds, the Hammock Inn restaurant and the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.