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Collier-Seminole State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park Collier-Seminole State Park is located on the west coast in Naples. It sits partially inside of one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world, and offers a variety of scenic vistas.

The first thing (apparently a highlight of the park) you come to upon entering Collier-Seminole is the historic Bay City Walking Dredge. This monstrous contraption (seen in the third picture here) was used in the 1920's to construct the "impossible" road through the Everglades, Tamiami Trail.

Other features of the park include nature trails, a campground, canoe rentals, and a boat ramp leading to Blackwater Creek. We walked one of the nature trails - at the head was a paper sign warning us to be wary of bees. We thought, "Yeah, whatever!" However, when my husband arrived ahead of me at a humming and buzzing tree, he quickly instructed me to RUN! past the bees!

Collier-Seminole State Park is on land originally purchased by Barron Gift Collier specifically to preserve the royal palms he found there. I only remember a few royal palms, growing near a monument to Mr. Collier - an odd structure of columns with a pedestal missing the primary memorial - the bust of Barron Collier.

Overall, I don't remember being overly impressed with this park, but we only made a quick drive-through, and we'll probably do more exploring when we stay at the campground.

Collier-Seminole Park is open from 8AM to sunset every day of the year. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle, with a limit 2-8 people per vehicle, or $4.00 for a single occupant vehicle. The fee is $2.00 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and additional vehicle passengers. Campsites are $22.00 per night, including water and electricity. Discounts are available for the elderly and disabled. It costs an extra 4.00 to use the boat ramp.

Location:

20200 E Tamiami Trail
Naples FL 34114
239-394-3397
7300 acres

Web site:

www.floridastateparks.org/collierseminole/default.cfm


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