SEBRING — Highlands Hammock summer tram tours have been suspended until further notice due to heavy rains and damage to roads and culverts.

“Although the tram tour has been suspended, the Hammock Inn Concession is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the summer,” Park Services Specialist Carla Sherwin said. “Daily operation of the Hammock Inn Concession and a full schedule of park tram tours will resume during the fall.”

Visitors planning to take the tram tour are advised that tickets are sold only at the Hammock Inn Concession. For more information about the park tram tours, call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061.

Visitors may still enjoy coming to the park for leisurely walks on the nature trails. According to Sherwin, “Alligators are sometimes seen from the Cypress Swamp or Fern Garden boardwalks, and visitors who walk along the bike path through the pine flatwoods at the front entrance may observe red-headed woodpeckers and Eastern bluebirds. The flash of red, white and black and the brilliant blue colors catch your eye!

“Visitors may also expect to see families of deer with young fawns throughout the park and campground,” she said.

Heartland area residents may visit the park and enjoy a picnic, family reunion, barbecue, bike rides, geocaching, museum tours, and nature trails. Due to summer heat and humidity, the park advises visitors to carry drinking water, insect repellent, a cell phone for emergency contact and to obtain a trail map from the Ranger Station for a safe and enjoyable visit.

Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (includes up to eight people) and $4 per single occupant vehicle apply. Highlands Hammock State Park is located at 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring.

For more information, call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

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