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Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring

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Amble along an elevated walkway amidst an old-growth cypress swamp at Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida's oldest parks. Follow the Ancient Hammock trail to see an oak tree that is over 1,000 years old (possibly the oldest tree in the state). At the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum you'll see interactive exhibits on the park’s construction. You can ride a bike along the trails or hike near dusk to see some deer. Along the swamp trail, watch for toads and turtles near the dark black water. You can also take advantage of the campground, basketball court, playground, and fire pits. Be sure to bring bug spray. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Highlands Hammock State Park by using our Sebring vacation trip planner.
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4.5
  • I was made ware on arrival that you need to arrive before 8am to book a seat on the tour, but they can often squeeze 1 to 3 on at lunchtime when the tour starts. I managed to get on the tour around th...  more »
  • Very fun fo the family. The lines weren't bad. Affordable entertainmemt.Not too scary for kids. Had band playing. Food benders. Home 2 years in a row.  more »
  • Too hot during the summer, but outstanding activities 8 out of 12 months. Trails are great, museum is interesting & the tram rides through the restricted areas are great. Fabulous for the entire famil...  more »
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  • Cool place, great nature walk. It's amazing when the water is higher, this past year (2017) they were very dry. I've done it both ways and it's definitely better when everything is underwater. Great little museum with a ton of Florida history. It won't take all day to go through everything, but the time there is worth it.
  • This place gets a 4. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. My camp site was also nice. As mentioned in other reviews, the Wilderness Sites are close to a road that strangely has cars almost all night. I'd recommend ear plugs or camp elsewhere. Most of the trails are great, thought it is "rough" in some spots. And the railing on one of the swamp sections is low and you need to had good balance. I used the showers and it was very warm, but I was likely the first up. The park rangers were nice and helpful. I would definitely come again.
  • First time visit and would definitely return again if in the area. We visited the two small museums on site. Tons of information and wonderful displays. They're was a small scavenger hunt for the kids to fill out. The rangers are happy to talk with you and shared surprising facts. Also enjoyed a boardwalk trail. We saw lots of wildlife.
  • I had no idea this was the oldest State Park in Florida! The old CCC museum was very interesting - truly fascinating to see how many of the state parks were built. We thoroughly enjoyed the well-maintained trails, saw magnificent old oak trees as well as all sorts of beautiful foliage and animals, including quite a few wild hogs. We saw a great outdoor concert (highly recommend their concert series).. Bikes are highly recommended, I although we didn't bring ours this time. The campground is popular, and well-used, so be prepared for a good bit of "dirty sand". Furthermore, some of the interior campsites appeared to be a bit crowded, with little or no vegetation separating sites. But we were on the outside ring (100-series), and I would recommend you get one of these, if possible.. The tram ride was fun, informative, and well worth the $5 fee, particularly if you are from out of state, and enjoy seeing alligators and turtles (sit on the left side of the tram if you can). We'll be back!
  • Great campground, but if you are having a burn ban you really should make it known. Not wait till we are checked in, firewood unloaded, and fire burning to come around and tell us we have to put it out. Bottom mention the 4-5 rangers that drove around and never said a word. I have a hose right next to the Fire pit and have already wet down the surrounding area. I know it is dry.

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