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Cooper City, Florida
December 25, 2005
There is a large family campground, with most of the 159 sites having water and electricity. The sites are spacious, each with a picnic table and fire pit, encircled by a metal 6 inch high ring. Each site seemed to be well shaded. Ours was covered by oak trees. The ground was soft enough for tent staking with ease. There was a nice playground for children, and a big campfire circle for ranger presentations.
We rented two adjacent sites, setting up two family tents on one site, with room to spare. We then used the other site for our campfire, and a place to cook on the picnic table. We ate on the picnic table on the tented site.
There are no designated areas for tents or recreation vehicles only. Though this was not a problem, since while I was there the campground was only 20% occupied. The reservation page is excellent. As you reserve your space you can clearly see what is available and what is already rented around you. So it is easy to plan and rent several sites together. The page also clearly shows each site's location and if they have electricity. The fee was $18.00 per campsite per night.
Reservation Page: http://www.reserveamerica.com/jsp/commonpage.jsp?goto=/usa/fl/high/newindex.html
The bathroom facilities were adequate and kept clean. They had hot water all day. This park, as with many Florida state parks, allows dogs in its campgrounds. This was not a problem, and many campers did have dogs with them. All dogs were under the owners’ control and except for an occasional bark between canines, they were quite quiet.
Also, there is a 16-site wilderness (primitive) camping area one mile away from the family campground. The above reservation link will also show this area.
From journal Highland Hammocks State Park
December 24, 2005
I had the pleasure of spending the weekend camping at Highland Hammocks State Park. Sebring, Florida, a little southwest of the center of the state. The 2,730 acre park is a great destination whether you are visiting for an afternoon, a day, or camping. The nine short trails, each less than a 35 minute walk, are easily accessible off of a 3 mile Loop Drive.
There is a large family campground, each site having water and electricity, a primitive campground, a restaurant (try the sour orange ice cream), the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, a ranger guided tram tour, picnic areas, and plenty of space to ride bicycles. For equestrians, there is an 11 mile trail.
Read each journal to get my personal perspectives of this wonderful place that truly has retained the flora and fauna of Florida as it existed many years ago. Even if you have seen many areas of Florida, visit Highland Hammocks State Park.Contact: 863-386-6094 Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/highlandshammock/default.cfmPark Brochure: http://www.floridastateparks.org/highlandshammock/docs/HighlandHammocksBrochure.pdf