Due to recent draught conditions, the park has suspended prescribed burning until we receive considerable rains. With that in mind, we ask all visitors to be mindful of discarded cigarettes and unattended campfires or grills. We request those of you who wish to smoke in the park, to "field strip" your cigarettes before discarding and to be cautious when clearing out grills or campfires of...
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Music in the Park Concerts @ Highlands Hammock State ParkSaturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00pm EDT to Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00pm EDT
The admission for all concerts is $10.00 per adult. Accompanied children 10 years and younger are free of charge. Admission fees apply to campers as well as to day visitors. Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) are waived after 6:00 pm on concert nights.
Call the Hammock Inn concessionaire at 863-402-0061 or the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.
Highland Hammock’s Music in the Park series features two more great concerts this spring! T.C. Carr and the Bolts of Blue will make their first appearance at the park on April 28. “Harmonica Man” singer, songwriter and Florida native, T.C. Carr, is well known for his strong lead vocals and virtuoso harp work. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and established a reputation as one of Florida’s best Blues artists. With Josh Nelms on the guitar together with the other members of the band, T.C. Carr and the Bolts of Blue will provide an evening of highly original American Blues and Roots music. www.tccarr.com.
Rick Arnold will close out the series on May 5, with a rollicking good night of the best country music, both classic and contemporary, and some favorite rock-in-roll oldies from the 1960s and 70s. Rick is known for playing great guitar and harmonica. This former native of Eastern Kentucky called Nashville “home” for 25 years. Having worked with Hank Williams, Jr., he is famously known for penning “Hog Wild” and “The Farm Song.” For more information about Rick Arnold, visit http://www.rickarnold.com.
Music in the Park concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc. Concert proceeds benefit park improvements via the Friends. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights and enjoy an evening of music under the stars. Campers and day visitors attending the Music in the Park series are advised that dogs and golf carts are not permitted at concerts. The Hammock Inn concession and other food vendors will be open. For participation requirements, please review EEC MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERTS.
International Museum Day @ Highlands Hammock State ParkSaturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people),$4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per bicyclist or those who walk on foot apply. There are no additional fees for CCC Museum visitation or programs.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
One of the gems of Highlands Hammock State Park is the State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. On Saturday, May 19, Museum docents will be offering tours throughout the day in conjunction with International Museum Day, which is officially May 18, 2018. Two special speaker programs are scheduled to mark this event. Former Park Ranger and CCC Museum Curator Darrel Smith will reflect on the life of a CCC recruit in his living history presentation, "The Best of Times, Worst of Times." Smith’s narrative captures the hard scrabble times of the 1930s and the renewal of hope that came from working in the Corps. Smith, who enjoyed an eight year friendship with former CCC alumnus Velmar Mack, brings the Great Depression to life and honors Mack and the legacy of our “CCC boys” who built Highlands Hammock and parks all across the country. Join the "CCC Man" and discover the hardships and high points of living hand to mouth in those "another day, another dollar" times of a young corpsman circa 1936, when working in the Civilian Conservation Corps became "a vacation from poverty." This presentation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
CCC Museum Curator, David Schmidt, will present a program on Charles R. Knight, the great American wildlife artist who became internationally famous for his groundbreaking and authoritative paintings of dinosaurs, mammoths, and the early humans of ancient Earth. Knight had an enormous impact on museum paleontology and changed how museums exhibited their collections of fossils. He created the murals for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. One of the most prominent WPA artists, he completed the 1942 mural of saber-toothed cats and mastodons for the Sebring Post Office which now hangs in the Sebring Public Library. Schmidt, who is a Roosevelt scholar, has conducted extensive research on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration, two of the most successful programs initiated by Franklin Roosevelt to counter unemployment during the Depression. Children who participate in a CCC “History Detective” Scavenger Hunt will receive a free pair of beginner binoculars. This program will be held from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and will be shown a second time at 1:00 pm. The Museum will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in recognition of International Museum Day. Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
Click on EEC INDOORS TALKS PRESENTATIONS to review the participation requirements.
Kids To Parks Day @ Highlands Hammock State ParkSaturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to eight people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 for bicyclists or those who walk on foot apply. There are no additional fees for the Junior Ranger program.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
Children and families may celebrate Kids To Parks Day and join thousands of young people all across the country in supporting the preservation of parks and the stewardship of conservation lands. Ranger Laura McMullen will introduce the Junior Ranger program and guide children and parents through a booklet presenting a series of four core areas focusing on Recreation, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources and Service. Children may begin working on an activity immediately following the presentation. Children who complete the program will receive the booklet, a certificate, membership card and passport. The passport may then be used to work on additional Junior Ranger activities within Florida State Parks. The program is recommended for youngsters between the ages of seven to twelve years old. Children under seven will need assistance from a parent and all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the Junior Ranger program, visit www.floridastateparks.org/things-to-do/junior-ranger. Kids To Parks Day was initiated by the National Park Trust for the purpose of creating stewards for tomorrow. Young people and their families are extended a special invitation to explore park trails, visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, and enhance natural and cultural resource appreciation through stewardship and the Junior Ranger program. The program will begin at 11:00 am Saturday morning and conclude around 1:00 pm. Those planning to attend are advised that they must arrive by 11:00 am. Meet at the CCC Museum in the picnic area. Please see Additional Information to review the participation requirements and other pertinent information.
All children must be accompanied by an adult or parent. Those planning to participate must arrive by 11:00 am as the introduction to the Junior Ranger program takes approximately one hour. Ranger Laura will be available from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm to provide assistance with completing activities. Click on EEC JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM to review the participation requirements. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and snacks.
Highlands Hammock Bike & Hike @ Highlands Hammock State ParkFriday, June 1, 2018 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 8:00pm EDT
Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per person who bike or walk into the park will be waived on Saturday, June 2 via the One Day Pass issued by the Ranger Station for those who bicycle in the park.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
In recognition of Bike Travel Weekend, June 1- 3, Highlands Hammock State Park is extending a special invitation to bicycling clubs throughout Florida, park visitors and visiting tourists to participate in a “Bike & Hike” event on Saturday, June 2. Options for clubs to participate as groups include a weekend ride to the park followed by a picnic or barbecue and leisurely walks on park trails. Clubs traveling from greater distances may consider planning Bike Travel Weekend as a camping weekend at the park. Campground sites can accommodate two tents and up to eight persons per site. Campsites are equipped with water, electricity, a fire ring and a picnic table and are located in proximity to a restroom. Additionally, Highlands Hammock will be promoting bicycling and Bike Travel Weekend by providing a One Day Pass to the members of bicycling clubs and park visitors from the general public who bike in the park on June 2. One Day Passes will also be provided to park visitors traveling from a distance who transport bikes in their vehicles and plan to bike the Loop Road or the extended bike path. Bicycling the Loop beneath the shade of spreading oaks within the Hammock in the cool of the morning or prior to dusk in the early evening is a wonderful way to begin or end the day! Bicyclists may park their bikes at trailhead bike stands, take a leisurely walk down a trail, and have a rest on park benches. Bikers and hikers are likely to spot families of deer with fawns at this time of the year. Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
Click on EEC BIKE EVENTS AND TOURS to review participation requirements.