The county lies at the southern edge of the Lake Wales Ridge, a series of sand dunes which mark what was an island in that long ago era when the majority of Florida was submerged. The Ridge today forms a 100-mile spine down central Florida, its dunes spotted with fresh-water lakes of all sizes.
Perhaps what is most enjoyable about biking here in Highlands is heading out for long, fast rides down uninterrupted stretches of quiet highways and back roads. Businesses and residential neighborhoods cluster near highway 27 which runs north-south through the middle of the county. The rest of the county is delightfully quiet and rural.
Al and I picked Highlands County as home because of Lake June and water skiing. But before we bought our home, we biked the area extensively. And we fell in love with it.