Highlands County

Highlands County is located in Central Florida bordering Okeechobee, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee and Polk Counties. 

Highlands County was established from a portion of DeSoto County in 1921 and named for its rolling countryside. 

Highlands County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
87,366
Population - 2010
98,786
Population - 2015 Est
100,748
Land Area (sq mi)
1,017
Water Area (sq mi)
89
Total Area (sq mi)
1,106
Average Rainfall
52
Temperature - Average High
82
Temperature - Average Low
63

Highlands School District is headquartered in Sebring, Florida and presides over 16 different public schools, including traditional schools, charter schools, alternatives schools and adult education centers.

Highland Hammock State Park is a Florida State Park located west of Sebring in Highlands County, off of U.S. 27. It is one of the four original Florida State Parks, and is home to the state's only Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. The park is over 9000 acres of ancient oak hammocks and floodplain forests, and possesses some of Florida’s most unique and diverse collection of plant and animal life. Black bears, tortoises, Florida panthers, deer, alligators, and a variety of birds can be found roaming this massive park. Wildlife viewers will appreciate that Highland Hammock is also a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. There are multiple campsites and nine nature trails, with ranger-guided tours consistently available throughout the year. Stock up on bug repellent, and come experience the real natural Florida at its best.

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The Heartland Library Cooperative serves DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Highlands county has three libraries in Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Sebring. The DeSoto County Library is located in Arcadia, the Glades County Library is located in Moore Haven, The Hardee County Library is located in Wauchula, and the Okeechobee County Library is located in Okeechobee.

Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery is home to award winning muscadine and scuppernong wines, seasonal strawberries, and free-range chickens. There is also an option to pick grapes and strawberries when you visit the winery.

This is a great County found in South Central Florida that has lots of options for finding outdoor activities for you and your family. Take a hike, dive for a foul ball, and take your board out to Highlands to have a great afternoon in the Florida breeze.

You can get all your shopping done here at Lakeshore Mall. It has lots of classic mall stores to shop for clothing and so much more. You can also eat a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants and then catch a movie at the AMC movie theater.

The Lakeside Playhouse is theatre in Sebring. It has been home to the Highlands Little Theatre since 1982.

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