Covering nearly 5,000 acres, Highlands Hammock State Park is best known for its series of hammocks, which are small hills on ... More
Highlands Hammock State Park
Covering nearly 5,000 acres, Highlands Hammock State Park is best known for its series of hammocks, which are small hills on which hardwood grows. There's much to see at this park, which opened in the 1930s and is one of Florida's four original state recreation areas. Hardwood forests and nine nature trails offer a great opportunity to spot Florida wildlife, including otters and the occasional bear or panther. Visitors also enjoy camping, guided tours and other activities. Opens everyday at 8a.
none of the showers worked. The Nazi ranger made us remove our hammock from between 2 trees(even with our treehuggers on). Then the neighbor was told 2 remove his towel line. While on the subject of neighbours, Sites are jammed upon other sites and you will have zero privacy. I only wanted to camp so I could get away and chill. Not the best Park for chilling! Main mensroom door slams so hard it'll wake you all night long. Will go back to Alexander springs next year!
I have only visited this park once after seeing photos of the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk Trail. And it was better than the photos. Just a really cool place to be, get photos, and shoot video. A really good picnic area and campground also. I love visiting Florida State Parks. Don't miss this one.
we have been going to Highlands Hammock for Thanksgiving every year since 1990 Our kids have grown up knowing that is where we will be on that weekend, Last year we had our brand new grandbaby there with us at only 1 month old.We have camped near the same people year after year. The park is so peaceful and beautiful Give it a try you want regret it.I can smell the smoked turkeys in the air already looking forward to next month.
This state park (by the way, the first state park in Florida) is not to be missed. It felt like another world, standing quietly among the tall trees blowing in the wind, watching for all kinds of wild life. We ate at the park restaurant and went through the museum where we learned about the CC camp 3.5 million members who changed our country in the 30s.
What started out as wanting to go take cool pictures with new camera, ended up being a full family outing. I invited some real close friends and their kids to come along. I thought that the kids would enjoy the park and we adults would get some time to socialize. Next thing you know my extended family (in-laws) are also going. So we set a date for Saturday, planned a picnic for lunchtime and headed off.
Upon arrival (11:00) we found the parks first tram ride of the day was full and that the 2:30 was still available. Being that we had 12 in our group now we went ahead and purchased the tickets. Almost forgot cost, we spent $54.00 on entrance fee and tram ride for 8 adults and 4 kids. We explored about half of the trails stopping and taking pictures of everything. We got pictures of a cottonmouth snake that part of our group almost stepped on. We took pictures of the family on a 100 year old oak tree what I big family tree that was. We explored the catwalks and found a gator on the fern trail. We then headed back to the picnic area for lunch. We took lunch in picnic form, to avoid spending $200.00 at any restaurant we stopped at to feed our crew of 12.
After lunch, a trip to the play ground for the kids and a sample of the parks orange ice cream it was time for the tram. Our park guide was great he told us about himself before we took off. He took us both on the loop that you can make with the car, as well as to parts of the park that are not accessible to the public. As we crossed the first bridge we saw an alligator. We knew then that we had done the right thing buying those tickets. From there until the end of the ride we never put our camera's down there were numerous opportunities for shots of alligators, turtles, flowers and butterflies on this trip. An hour tram ride turned into 1-1/2 hour ride and we all came out loving it.
We finished the day by taking the trails we had yet to explore. This was a great day had by all. I am getting asked where are we going next weekend already and its only Monday. We are trying to explore the Florida state parks as a family, and catch pictures of the wildlife we see in our travels.