Highlands Hammock State Park

Description:
One of Florida's original four state parks, this beautiful tract features a virgin hardwood hammock and a cypress swamp, through which a boardwalk nature trail passes. More than 175 bird species and other wildlife can be seen from eight short nature trails.

Watchable wildlife:
White-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcats, pileated woodpeckers, and red-shouldered hawks often appear near the 3.1-mile paved loop drive. American swallow-tailed kites nest in tall pines near the picnic area and often are seen swooping over the cypress swamp or the hardwood hammock. There are plenty of wading birds, barred owls, anhingas, alligators, and river otters to be observed by patient visitors.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:
(863) 386-6094

Directions:
From Sebring, take U.S. Highway 27 south.  Turn right on County Road 634 and drive 2.4 miles to the park entrance.

Related Sites:
Other Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Male cardinals are extremely territorial in the spring, often attacking other birds or even their own reflection in windows. The attacks can go on for hours.

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