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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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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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