Victor Tyrone, Park Manager
Highlands Hammock is currently experiencing an extreme drought as are many other Florida State Parks. Highlands County has issued a ‘burn ban’ which is expected to remain in effect until the summer rainy season begins. Campers are advised that campfires are prohibited. Cooking food is only allowed with contained gas or charcoal grills. Visitors are requested to ‘field strip’ cigarettes and properly dispose of them. Cigarettes should not be discarded on park trails, grounds or roadsides. Visitors should avoid driving and/or parking in dry vegetation. We are requesting visitors to report any smoke or suspected fire in the park to the ranger station.
Although firewood is no longer being sold due to the burn ban, ice, bike rentals, gift items and camper supplies are available at the Hammock Inn concession in addition to park tram tour tickets. Visitors are advised the Hammock Inn and the tram tours operated by the Hammock Inn change their days and hours of operation for the spring and summer months. For more information, please call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061.
As the campgrounds remain busy through the spring, particularly on holiday weekends, it is advisable for campers to secure reservations in advance. Campers are advised that the park expects to begin major campground improvements that will impact the electric, plumbing and campsite layout later this summer.
For information about upcoming events and activities including the Music in the Park concerts and other special events, please see our Events page.
For general information, please call the ranger station at 863-386-6094.