From the town of Okeechobee, go west on US Hwy 98 for approximately 27 miles. Park entrance will be on your right about 8 miles past the Kissimmee River Bridge and Fort Basinger. Look for signs alerting motorist of approaching hiking trail.
Trailhead is located at N27° 24.170 W081° 10.113.
Hickory Hammock has one primitive campsite located at N27° 25.635 W81° 10.365. It is approximately 2.4 miles from the trailhead on US Hwy 98. A maximum of 15 people are permitted to stay overnight at the campsite. There are no restrooms or potable water sources, but there is a picnic table, two benches and an in-ground grill.
If you are not a through-hiker, you must obtain a no-cost special use license from the South Florida Water Management District (1-800-250-4200) before camping at Hickory Hammock.
Hickory Hammock consist of 6 miles of hiking trails. A short 0.4 mile side trail (blazed blue) provides access from the main parking area on US Hwy 98 to the 5.4 mile portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail (blazed orange). The FNST enters the southern half of Hickory Hammock where the Istokpoga Canal crosses US Hwy 98. It continues winding it's way northwest through mostly oak and palm hammocks, passes by an old abandoned stable house and then continues on towards Bluff Hammock Road.
Pictures of the trailhead and stile located off of US Hwy 98.
One of the few foot bridges located along the Hickory Hammock Trail.
A new equestrian center is being developed at the site of the old stable house near coordinates N27° 26.871 W81° 10.502. Not sure yet whether the agency is planning on renovating the building or tearing it down. Hopefully it's not the latter.
Shown below are some pictures taken inside the stable house. Remarkably it's still in pretty good shape considering it was built in 1946.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages hunting at Hickory Hammock. For up-to-date information on regulations and current hunting schedules, please go to MyFWC.com.
Hunting Schedule 2012 - 2013 Archery Oct. 12 - 14 Muzzle Gun Oct. 20 - 22, 24 - 26 General Gun Nov. 3 - 5 General Gun - M.I. Dec. 1 - 2 Wild Hog - Still Sep. 14 - 16, 21 - 23, Jan. 11 - 13 Small Game Nov. 12 - 25, Jan. 21 - Mar. 3 Spring Turkey Mar. 21 - 23, Apr. 11 - 13
Color infrared aerial map of Hickory Hammock showing hiking trails, camp sites and roads.
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Last updated on 13-Sep-2012