The Highland Hammock State Park is one of the oldest around. Established in 1931. the park was built in part through the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). Developed at the onset of the Great Depression, the CCC workers built trails roads and planted what was originally supposed to be a Botanical Garden next to the Highland Hammock. When the state of Florida established their park system the park and garden merged into one cohesive ecosystem that visitors can now come and see and enjoy.
On my trip to Highland Hammock State Park, I took the ranger guided tram tour and saw what the real Florida was like, palms, cypress tress and alligators and all!
Besides the park itself, their is also the CCC museum which captures the history of this unique program that put many 17-25 year olds to work.
For more information about Florida’s CCC Museum, call 863-386-6094. Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring. Highlands Hammock offers a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. A full-service restaurant is located on the park grounds. For schedule and catering information, call (863) 385-7025.