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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 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. Rangers give guided tram tours of remote areas.

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