Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park
Who We Are
The Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park is a non-profit citizen support organization (CSO) whose mission is to preserve, restore and protect the park, while promoting community involvement. We also strive to enhance visitor's knowledge with education and interpretation; supplement financial support to state funding; and, provide an environment that is healthy, safe, and sustainable.
The CSO was formed in February of 1993 by a group of concerned citizens interested in helping to conserve the natural beauty and historical significance of Highlands Hammock State Park.
What We Do
Promote responsible use of the park and assist the park staff in a variety of projects.
Provide financial support for equipment, infrastructures, amenities and maintenance.
Operate and manage the Hammock Inn Camp Store.
Provide Tram Tours for visitors.
Host Music in the Park and other special events.
Provide community outreach and education.
When We Meet
The Board of Directors meets every month on the second Monday at 5:30 pm.
Location: Administrative Office Conference Room.
All members are welcome.
Yearly membership meeting in November.
Effective May 26, 2022, the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum will remain closed until further notice for repairs and renovations.
The CCC Museum Program featuring the works of artist Charles R. Knight has been rescheduled for July 2, 2022.
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HIGHLANDS HAMMOCK TRAM TOUR SPECIAL FOR FATHER’S DAY!
Highlands Hammock State Park cordially invites residents and visitors from communities throughout the greater Heartland to celebrate Father’s Day by taking the park tram tour on Sunday, June 19th. The Hammock Inn concession, which operates the tours, is offering a special 50% discounted rate of $6 plus tax for all fathers when accompanied by another paying adult passenger. The cost of tram tickets is $12 per adult and $7 for children six to twelve years old. Children aged five and younger are free. Weather and road conditions permitting in consideration of the summer rainy season. The guided, narrated tour, which takes 90 minutes, provides visitors the opportunity to view birds, alligators, deer and other wildlife relatively close up. The tram departs from the picnic area, runs slowly around the Loop Road beneath a densely shaded canopy of oaks and cabbage palms before turning off into restricted areas and continuing on through cypress swamp and pine flatwoods. The tram returns along South Canal where alligators, turtles, and water birds may be observed, and otters are sometimes spotted.
Tram tickets may be purchased at the Hammock Inn on the day of the tour and/or one day in advance with cash or credit card. For ticket reservations and more information, visitors may call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061. The Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations are supported by the Friends of Highlands State Park Citizens Support Organization.
How to Get Involved
Become a Member
The health and quality of Highlands Hammock State Park depends on the assistance and support of citizens like yourself. Individuals have the power to ensure the preservation of the wildlands in the park and the quality of the visitor's overall experience. Take the first step in making Highlands Hammock State Park the best it can be. Become a member of the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park!
Your support is needed! Highlands Hammock State Park benefits directly through your active participation and patronage.
Support the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park with a one-time or recurring gift that will aid in making improvements to Highlands Hammock State Park.