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Highlands Hammock State Park

 About Highlands Hammock State Park

Sunlight shines on a trail bridge in the woods. Photo by Sylvan Wilcox

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Brian Pinson

Highlands Hammock is gearing up for summer! The weather is sunny and balmy.  Get in shape for summer by hiking the trails and walking, running, and bicycling the park's two mile Loop Road.  Take the Healthline Fitness System challenge and bend, stretch and strengthen your muscles at the Ballet Bar, Leg Lift, Achilles Stretch and nine other exercise stations located at points around the Loop.  Striking nature photos are showcased at the stations connecting runners to the park's natural features and greatly enhancing this most unique recreational experience. 

2014 Summer Sunrise 5K Series: Join the Central Florida Striders at 7:00 am on June 7, June 28, July 12, and August 16 for a series of sunrise 5Ks. The cost of the series is $40. Participants may run races individually at a cost of $10 per race, however, there will be no awards or shirts for individual races. Fees increase to $12 per race or $50 for the series on race days. Series awards will be based on the top three cumulative times for all four races.

20th Annual Firecracker 5K is set for July 4, 2014 at 7:30 am. Entry Fee is $20 through June 27, 2014 and $30 after June 27. There will be no day of race registration. Entry forms for the Summer Sunrise 5K Series and the July 4th Firecracker 5K are available at the Ranger Station. For more information, call Chet at 863-385-4736 or email him at cbrojek@comcast.net

Summer Tram Schedule:  Highlands Hammock's guided, narrated tram tour which runs through the park and into restricted areas where visitors may observe alligators, water birds, and other wildlife will be limited to running at 1:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays effective April 28, 2014 through the summer months.  The regular schedule will resume in the fall at which time the tram will run at 1:00 pm Tuesdays through Sundays.  The tram does not run on Mondays.  The tour is approximately one hour and 15 minutes long and provides visitors with an overview of park history and an introduction to natural communities including hydric hammock, cypress swamp, and pine flatwoods.   Tickets may be purchased at the Ranger Station on the day of tour and are $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for children aged 6 to 12 years.  Children under 6 are free.  Special trams for groups may be requested in advance and booked for a cost of $74.90.  The tram is wheelchair accessible.  Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (including up to 8 people) and $4.00 per single occupant apply. 

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo Greenways and Trails Designated Site Logo

GETTING HERE

Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring.

GET INVOLVED

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park
  • 5931 Hammock Road
    Sebring, FL 33872

CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are permitted in all outdoor areas, including campgrounds. They must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash at all times. For their safety, please refrain from walking dogs on boardwalks without double railings and keep in mind that alligators may be present in all wetland areas of the park. Please clean up after your pets. Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.