Highlands Hammock is one of eight Florida State Parks originally built by CCC members. At this park they developed additional park facilities and the beginnings of a botanical garden. Other Florida parks (such as Fort Clinch) and other parks in the US were also built by the CCC. There is even some of their work at El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto...more
In 1968, we visited Sebring, and went to the State Park there. We walked along an elevated boardwalk over the water - I think this must have been Charlie Bowlegs Creek where even today, an elevated boardwalk traverses an old-growth cypress swamp. These are digitized slide that I took at the time. The water was tea-colored with lots of alligators....more
The famous Cypress Swamp Catwalk is the most popular trail of all, wending its way through the floodplain of the Charley Bowlegs Creek. Be forewarned that the Catwalk is aptly named - if you have any balance issues or impairments, this is probably not your best choice for a stroll. The original Catwalk built in the Depression is still intact, with...more
I think early in the day would be best for wildlife sightings, or perhaps at sunset. I was there in mid-afternoon, and that's not the prime time. I didn't see much of the teeming wildlife on my brief visit, but did enjoy learning about the park nonetheless, and loved taking pictures of the hammock's flora.more
I have not eaten here, but the park (according to the sign in this pictures and the park website) has a full service restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The park website says:
The Hammock Inn will be open and serving hot meal items, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate and more.
I have not attended any of these concerts, but the park web page says:
On Saturday, May 19th, our final "Music in the Park" concert of the 2006/2007 season will be held. The wildly popular California Toe Jam band will get you dancing with their great 50s, 60s, & 70s tunes. This concert is suitable for the whole family and don't forget that kids age 16 & under are always admitted free to our Music in the Park concerts. Adult admission is just $5 per person and all proceeds help to fund park improvement projects via the Friends of Highlands Hammock.
Falling into the water would not be a pleasant experience; most of Florida's freshwater is infested with alligators & water snakes, and this is no exception. This pic is of the resident Big Mama gator, who had a young brood nearby - but alas my photos of the babies didn't come out very well.more
There is a 3-mile loop drive for cycling and hiking along nine trails. If you want to run the loop and also do strength training, there are stops along the trail for various kinds of caltesthenics.
For equestrians, there is an 11-mile, day-use trail.
Equipment: I am not sure whether they have bikes for rent or not.
For equestiran, you have to bring your horse, and tack.
Individual daily equestrian fee is $6.00 (includes tax)-Negative Coggins report required.
Family daily equestrian fee is $14.00 (includes tax)-Negative Coggins report required. Family fee covers entrance for the vehicle, trailer in tow, and up to a four person maximum.
We drove around the three mile loop trail (one way for cars), and stopped off to walk down a few of the nature trails that the park maintains to show the various eco-systems that exist in the park.
Unfortunately we did not get to see the kind of environment that we saw from the elevated boardwalk on our first visit, because there was no water under the boardwalk.