Downtown Sebring

Downtown Sebring is nicknamed “The City on the Circle” (www.cityonthecircle.com).
Sebring was given this nickname because in the center of the city is a circular park and all roads lead in and out from this circle like the spokes of a wagon wheel.

Sebringwas chartered by the state of Florida in 1913, and was selected as the county seat of Highlands County when the county was created in 1921.  Sebring was founded in 1912 and named after George Sebring, who was from Ohio.
Sebring is located at 27°29′44″N 81°26′40″W in the center of Florida.

The city has a total area of around 11 square miles with 5.8 mile (53%) of which is water.

The main feature of the City of Sebring is Lake Jackson which is 420 acres.

Sebring is located on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge.  This ridge is comprised of a chain of ancient islands and home to many native habitats with rare plants and animals.  Sebring’s climate is a humid subtropical climate.

Highlands Hammock State Park is a 9,000-acre (3,640 ha) park west of Sebring. The park opened in 193 and became one of the four original Florida State Parks when the state park system was created in 1935.

The park includes nine trails that can be accessed from a scenic three-mile (5 km) loop drive. The park includes an eleven-mile (18 km) trail can be traversed by bicyclists, horseback riders or wildlife viewers and is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Enjoy a walk through an old-growth bald cypress swamp with Cabbage Palmettos, ferns, bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes on an elevated boardwalk. Some trees are believed to be over a thousand years old, including what is possibly the largest oak in Florida, with a girth of over 36 feet. Guests can also enjoy picnicking, ranger guided tours, a campground with full hookups, a playground, as well as “the Hammock Inn” restaurant.