Highlands Hammock State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

Located on the western side of Lake Whales Ridge, Highlands Hammock State Park has a diverse collection of plant and animal life. This place has more rare and endemic species than any other Florida state park. You'll see that everything is kept preserved as you walk the trails where wildlife roams beneath the towering oak trees. Some of the local species include black bears, Florida panthers, deer, alligators, and a variety of bird species. When you vacation at Highlands Hammock, which is 13 miles southwest of Avon Park and seven miles west of downtown Sebring, you'll love the warm temperatures, but consider bringing a jacket for the chilly nights.

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Weather
Spring 55-89 F
Summer 70-92 F
Fall 57-90 F
Winter 48-76 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Highlands Hammock State Park

Highlands Hammock State Park and the surrounding area have plenty of camping opportunities for both RVs and tents. While you can stay in a tent with very little room, a comfortable RV will keep you protected from the midday temperatures. If you're ready for the RV experience, consider getting a rental from RVshare, where you can select from top-quality models and a variety of sizes.

Highlands Hammock State Park Campground

Highlands Hammock State Park has 143 single-family campsites, all equipped with water, electricity, and other amenities. This is an amazing campground if you want to be close to the action. The sites tend to fill up rather quickly, though, so be sure to reserve ahead of time. Fees for the family campground start at $22 per night, plus tax and a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: No
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Shower facilities, laundry, and dishwashing areas

Lake Placid Campground

Located 22 miles south of Highlands Hammock, Lake Placid Campground has 133 sites, and 21 of them provide a lakefront view. The sites have tropical and sub-tropical landscaping, plenty of room for slide-outs, awnings, and large rig maneuverability. They offer RV and boat storage for guests and residents year-round at the southwest corner of the park. For added comfort, all the sites are near clean restrooms and hot showers. The dog wash station and dog run are conveniently accessible for all pet-owner guests.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Horseshoe pits, laundry facility, library, and recreational hall

Whispering Pines Village

Whispering Pines Village is ideally situated in sunny Central Florida. They have long, wide back-in sites with plenty of room for multiple slide-outs. The park's amenities include a computer room and lending library, sparkling year-round pool, clubhouse with kitchen facilities, and so much more. The park is about 30 minutes from the Sebring International Raceway and a short distance from the state park.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Laundry facility, restrooms, showers, and activity room

Bonnet Lake Campgrounds

Looking for a campground that only rents sites to individuals 55 and older? Bonnet Lake Campgrounds is a great option that's located less than two miles from downtown Sebring, Florida. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, pickleball court, horseshoe pits, and bocce ball court. They offer permanent sites as well as daily, weekly, and monthly options for short-term visitors 55 and over.

• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: No
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Recreational center, laundry facility, boat ramp, and fishing pier

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Highlands Hammock State Park

Inside Highlands Hammock State Park

Hammock State Park is a hot-spot for those who love the outdoors. The park has beautiful botanical gardens, a sports field, and a playground. Outdoor recreation includes exploring historical sites, fishing, hiking, kayaking, biking, canoeing, boating, and horseback riding. You can also take a one-hour tram ride to learn more about the state park.

Outside Highlands Hammock State Park

A considerable amount of attractions, restaurants, and shops are in the nearby cities of Avon Park and Sebring. There is also much to see and do in Lake Placid. Since Highlands Hammock State Park is in Central Florida, the nearby attractions are practically endless.

Restaurants

Fairmount Café

This small café has a relaxed atmosphere that's ideal for a quick bite to eat. Fairmount Café serves burgers, fries, soups, salads, and deli foods.

Type: American Dei

Location: 3750 US Highway 27 North, Sebring, FL 33870

Oscar’s Family Restaurant

The Oscar’s Family Restaurant is part of the Village Fountain Plaza. Their lip-smacking Mexican dishes are served for breakfast and lunch. Be sure to stop in early because there is no evening meal.

Type: Mexican

Location: 267 US Highway 27 North, Sebring, FL 33870

Olive Garden

For a delicious Italian meal, you can't go wrong with the Olive Garden. They're known for their soups, salads, and a variety of Italian dishes. Those who have gluten sensitivities need not worry as there are plenty of gluten-free entrees on the menu. They also serve beer and wine at this establishment.

Type: Italian

Location: 1696 US Highway 27, Sebring, FL 33870

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant serves up everything from fajitas and burritos to enchiladas and more. The menu includes fish and shrimp meals as well. Vegetarian patrons are not neglected either.

Type: Mexican

Location: 4731 Lakeview Dr, Sebring, FL 33870

Island View Lakefront Restaurant & Pub

Savor the taste of the freshest seafood of the southeast. Sit outside at Island View Lakefront Restaurant & Pub, so you can enjoy the sunset as you eat a fabulous meal. The restaurant serves pasta, sandwiches, salads, soups, and pizza. The Dutch Apple Crisp Pie is topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream, so be sure to save some room for this delicious dessert.

Type: Italian, American

Location: 35468 Tee Time Circle, Sebring, FL 33872

Shopping

Village Fountain Plaza

The Village Fountain Plaza has a variety of shops for health and beauty products, specialty goods, and more.

Location: 305 US Highway 27 North, Sebring, FL 33870

Lake Shore Mall

Lake Shore Mall features food, entertainment, and shopping for the whole family. There's even a fitness center for a quick workout before or after you shop. If you want to see a movie, stop by the AMC cinema.

Location: 901 US Highway 27 North, Sebring, FL 33870

Sebring Square Lo Shopping Mall

Sebring Square Lo Shopping Mall has clothing shops, restaurants, and a variety of services. The on-site movie theater features the latest films.

Location: 116 Sebring Square, Sebring, FL 33870

Highland Plaza

Highland Plaza is great for picking up an outfit, auto necessities, and other essential services. The grocery store has all you need to restock your RV food supply.

Location: 1016 US-27 Avon Park, FL 33825

Downtown Mall & Marketplace

Looking for an excellent place where you can buy antiques, collectibles, and art? You'll find all of this and more at Downtown Mall & Marketplace.

Location: 231 South Ridgewood Dr, Sebring, FL 33870

Sightseeing

Museum of Florida Art and Culture

Learn about the culture of the Sunshine State at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture. Collections showcased include Highwaymen, Florida Masters, Peter Powell Roberts, Large Florida Birds, Lake Wales Ridge, and more.

Location: 600 West College Dr, Avon Park, FL 33825

Military Sea Museum

Military Sea Museum is the only place in the area that honors the Military Sea Service. Run by volunteers, it is filled with state flags, posters, artifacts, and other military items.

Location: 1402 Roseland Ave, Sebring, FL 33870

Tour Lake Placid

Tour Lake Placid was established to showcase the culture of the region. If you sign up for a tour, you'll see 47 historical murals that tell their own story of this town's history. There is even a Clown Museum that takes you back in time.

Location: 18 North Oak Ave, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Hardee County Wildlife Refuge

The Hardee County Wildlife Refuge is the home to native wildlife and several exotic species, including bears, deer, beavers, turtles, foxes, raccoons, ostriches, and alligators.

Location: 650 Animal Way, Zolfo Springs, FL 33890

Children’s Museum Highlands

Looking for a place to help entertain your children that are 12 and under while vacationing? Children’s Museum Highlands is the place to be. Your children will learn through hands-on play at this museum that focuses on developing imaginations.

Location: 219 North Ridgewood Dr, Sebring, FL 33870

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How to Get to
Highlands Hammock State Park

From downtown Sebring, head northeast toward East Center Avenue. You'll exit the traffic circle onto South Ridge Drive. Continue onto Lakeview Drive, Highway 17. You'll take a slight right onto US-98 North/US Highway 27 South, then turn left onto Hammock Road. Your destination will be on the right.

Entering Highlands Hammock State Park

Highlands Hammock State Park's operating hours are from 8 a.m. to sunset every day of the year.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $6

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