History & Culture

The Civilian Conservation Corps

One of the "New Deal" programs of the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) helped establish many of Florida's parks and built structures throughout the Ocala National Forest.

Platoons of workers lived in barracks and put efforts into major projects that would put the unemployed back to work. In doing so, they built many of the imposing, long-lasting wood and stone structures still used in our National Forests, National Parks, and Florida State Parks today.

The CCC celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008. Florida is the proud home to a museum dedicated to the CCC, found in Highlands Hammock State Park near Sebring.

Within the Ocala National Forest, cabins, campgrounds, monuments, and swimming areas around our springs were constructed by the hard workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps. These include:

Doe Lake Dining Hall
Juniper Springs campground and mill
Sweetwater Cabin
SR 40 roadside monuments





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