Towering hardwood hammocks with majestic live oaks, cypress swamp, flatwoods and seasonal ponds comprise the aptly-named Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s oldest and most scenic state parks. At the entrance, pick up maps and a bird checklist. Red-headed Woodpeckers occur along the entrance drive and wilderness camping road. For Florida Scrub-Jays, veer right just after the ranger station, pass through the family campground, and explore the biking trails (3 miles are paved). Observe Neotropical migrants and wading bird species by following Hammock Road and driving the hammock Loop Drive. At the midpoint of the loop, park your vehicle and take the Cypress Swamp Trail’s elevated catwalk through the wetland, where Wood Storks, White Ibises, Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers can be found. Swallow-tailed Kites nest here in spring and early summer; check the picnic area as well. Eight additional short hiking trails, including the Ancient Hammock Trail and Alexander Blair Big Oak Trail, and an 11-mile equestrian trail provide plenty of birding action. Butterfly enthusiasts can search for nearly 60 species such as Henry’s Elfin, Tropical Checkered Skipper, American Lady and Barred Sulphur; September is good for butterflies. One-hour guided tram tours run daily; other educational programs and tours are available (call ahead for details). Visitors can enjoy the Wildlife Viewing Area (donated and built by the Highlands Audubon Society) in the Scrub Habitat adjacent to the Primitive Camping Area. Multiple camping options and a full-service restaurant are available; bikes may be rented on-site.