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Highlands Hammock State Park

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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.

Amenities:
  • Activities:
  • Natural Wildlife Viewing,
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Covered Pavilion
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 2 - 3 hours, Half day,

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Hike and Seek 4.0

September 24, 2016 - September 23, 2016
Hike and Seek is a geocaching event were many geocachers will come together for weekend of many new caches that get released annually in Highlands Hammock State Park. For those familiar with geocaching that means many chances for a FTF (first to find) and if you are not familiar with it we encourage you to check out www.geocaching.com for more info on this wilderness treasure hunt. There will also be an Amazing Race portion that you must pre register your team of 4-5 people with Ruth Fletcher, E-mail gcbabyruthie@gmail.com There will also be a cold cut lunch with fresh fruit available and a hamburger/hot dog with sides dinner after the event ...Read More>> ith raffle prizes. Meal tickets are $5 pp and cover lunch and dinner. Main event day with amazing race and new caches is Saturday Sept. 24th with registration starting at 8am. Other happenings for the weekend include a campfire circle in the campground at Highlands Hammock on Friday the 23rd at 7pm and is open to all campers and day use visitors. Also on Sunday there will be a CITO (cache in trash out) where cachers will get together to work on a park service project starting in the picnic area of Highlands Hammock at 8:30am. Read Less
https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC6A7ZE_hike-seek-4-0-fl-coast-shipwrecks

andrea.nelson@dep.state.fl.us

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4th Annual Haunted Hammock

October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Highlands Hammock State Park presents their 4th Annual Haunted Hammock Event October 14th & 15th from 5:30-10pm. This spooktacular event will feature a Terror Tram Tour through the hardwood hammock forest, no scare kid zone and friendly forest trail, carnival style games with candy, live DJ entertainment & prize contests (including a costume contest), food vendors and much more! Please come on out and enjoy this event that is sure to be a great time had by all. Where else better to have a good scare than in the woods at night! General Admission is $5.00 Kids under 5 free, Terror Tram starts after 6:30 and tickets are $5.00

andrea.nelson@dep.state.fl.us

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