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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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22nd Annual Fire Cracker 5k

July 04, 2016
Calling all runners! Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with the Central Florida Striders at the 22nd Annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Race start time is Monday morning July 4th at 7:30 a.m. Please see Additional Information for information about awards, shirts and participation requirements.
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Highlands-Hammock

cbrojek@comcast.net

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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 a day 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 your 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 wit ...Read More>> raffle prizes. Meal tickets are $5 pp and cover lunch and dinner. 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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