Highlands Hammock State Park was built by locals willing to preserve this diverse ecosystem for the benefit of all people. Founded in 1931 by local residents, funding from the Margaret Shippen Roebling family and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) purchased the park, hoping it would soon become a National Park.
With the advent of the Great Depression, the CCC began work on botanical gardens next to the newly appointed state park. By 1941, the park and gardens merged together as Highlands Hammock State Park. When World War II started and men were needed, the camp closed, leaving the botanical gardens unfinished.
Today the park is one of Florida’s best state parks. It is full of amenities, activities and adventures like no other park in the state. Just make sure you stay overnight at the full facility campground to be sure you can get in a full days worth of fun at Highlands Hammock State Park.
There are several camping options available at Highlands Hammock State Park. For those who like to rough it, a drive up primitive campground is located in the park. It has all of the features that the other campgrounds have, minus the electricity and running water. The sites are very secluded and set back from the rest of the park.
An equestrian campground at the park offers visitors with horses a place to camp. Four sites offer water, electricity and sewer for those with an RV. Mile s of nearby horse trials will give you and your horse some of the best trail riding in the state.
The family campground offers visitors to Highlands Hammock State Park water, electric, picnic table and fire ring/grill. Nearby are restrooms, laundry, dish washing station and hot showers.
The campgrounds are nearby the CCC museum and a restaurant. The Hammock Inn features delicious meals, snacks and souvenirs. For more information on hours of operations and menu details, contact the restaurant at (823)385-7025.
Hiking the many trails at Highlands Hammock State Park is a great way to view the hammock. The 1,000 year old oak tree is a marvel to gaze at with its huge ferns and air plants clinging to the huge canopy. A catwalk spans the swamp and waterways of Charley Bowlegs Creek and was built in 1935. It’s a great place to look for alligators and other swamp wildlife.
For more information on directions, fees and reservations, visit the Highland hammock State Park website here.