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Highlands Hammock State Park
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Sebring
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hammock Inn Restaurant is located inside Highlands Hammock State Park. It is known for it's tasty homemade food, friendly staff and Wild Orange Ice Cream & Pie. It features an "All You Can Eat Fish" Fish Fry every Friday night from 5-8pm. No entrance fee is charged for just a restaurant visit-Based on the honor System. Worth the trip!
Reviewed March 30, 2013

You could spend an hour or three! We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the amazing wildlife! If you are in this area, you should certainly take in the experience! We loved it there! Such an incredible place to experience!

1  Thank Rita J
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was a lovely place to visit. We were able to safely show two alligators in the wild to our children here! The trails are maintained well and clean. There are bathroom facilities and ample parking. We would return and recommend it to othters.

1  Thank Amy E
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

I spend a day in Highlands Hammock state park each winter when visiting central Florida, when insects are not a problem for human visitors. The boardwalk trail through Fern Garden is my favorite hike, where, if you look sharp, alligators can be seen lounging in the swamp water. The cypress and pine forests provide peaceful, uncrowded silence and great photo ops. I've spotted otter, hawk, songbirds, turtle, ibis and heron. There are restrooms and a restaurant, which I have not tried, in main the parking area, and a small but interesting museum display of information about the park. Admission fee is reasonable, there is no senior discount however.

1  Thank seniortraveler12
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Highlands Hammock Park covers more than 9,000 acres. It has beautiful hold-growth trees and, if you're lucky, wildlife. We saw a really big alligator sunning itself on the bank. Quite the sight! One of the oak trees measures 36 feet around and is 1,000 years old! The wildlife in the park includes ibis, herons, turtles, deer, raccoons and bobcats.

We started our visit to the park with hopes of taking the one-hour tram ride which is scheduled at 1 p.m. each weekday. Saturday & Sunday there are two trams, at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. We were disappointed to learn tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. each day and quickly sell out. There are NO advance sales or reservations. Instead you have to make two trips to the park that day -- the first to buy your tram ticket(s), then back again for the actual tram ride. That was a bit frustrating since we drove about 25 miles to get there.

Since we couldn't get on the tram we decided to walk on some of the trails. There are nine trails that vary in length. Three have boardwalk trails -- the Richard Lieber Memorial Trail, Cypress Swamp Trail and Fern Garden Trail. The last one (Fern Garden) takes you through a hardwood swamp area where you are likely to spot alligators. Pets are not allowed on boardwalk trails.

There is a family picnic area where you will also find the Hammock Inn restaurant, the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, a playground, and rest rooms.

Park Admission is $6 per car (up to 8 people); single admission is $4. Bike rentals cost $4/hour. Helmets are required. No bikes allowed on nature trails. Camp sites are about $24/night with water/electric hookups and dump station. The Wilderness camp ground has a solar outhouse but no running water or electric hookups.

We enjoyed our hike around the park which is one of the oldest state parks in Florida.

Thank nyretiree
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I love the flora, fauna and sub-tropical environment that makes Florida unique. Highlands Hammock has preserved beautiful ancient cypress, pines, oaks and palms that are not to be paralleled elsewhere in the state. This area of central Florida has native scrub flats and highland swamps in a magical enclave that transports one back to Florida 200 to 300 years ago. Start early and walk 3 or 4 of the many hiking trails for a wonderful experience of native Florida unspoiled by development.

1  Thank steadman-r
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