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“Worth the drive”

Collier Seminole State Park
Ranked #42 of 124 things to do in Naples
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Owner description: This 7,271 acre state park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. A wide variety of wildlife, including several imperiled species, inhabits this unusual blend of temperate and tropical native plant communities. Visitors can experience this park's remarkable wilderness on several trails. The Blackwater River originates in the park and meanders several miles through the mangroves to Blackwater Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park offers popular daily 3-hour Guided Canoe Trip (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) down the Blackwater River. No paddling experience required. All Canoes have padded seats and backrest! Please call the ranger station for trip price & reservations. The park has canoe rentals along with a boat ramp that provides access to the Blackwater River. Other trails offer opportunities for bicycling, hiking and nature observation. Campground sites have electricity, water, a grill and a picnic table. The restrooms have hot showers and one has a laundry facility. The park is open from 8:00 a.M. Until sunset, 365 days a year.
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

This state park is about 10 miles from Naples on Rt 41 (don't let your GPS tell you to go right on route 92 since the actual entrance is about 200 yards past the intersection). The price is right to get in ($5) and there are two options for canoe rental ($5 per hour from the park or a $30 guided experience). The park was not at all crowded. We elected to do the 3.25 mile bike trail loop. Easy walking - very pretty, but a little buggy so make sure you bring insect repellent.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Mike G
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Rising Sun, Maryland, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Refurbishing coming soon...”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

...and not a moment too soon. The park is closing soon for an overhaul. We just happened to hit it right before that. The sites are muddy and close together. The bathrooms and showers are spotless but dated. Everything is a bit worn out.

Kudos to the rangers and volunteers for their friendliness and knowledge. The camp hosts were cheery and welcoming. The dredge is interesting. Ice cream social, with music, was fun. Many birds, squirrels, and raccoon. Nearby Everglade City has attractions, including air boat rides.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Martha H
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice Experience”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Given that the sites are close together (as pointed out by so many other reviewers) we accepted that and found that there were so many other reasons to like this park. There are interesting short bike rides to nature trails and river activities, there were 2 ice cream socials during our 5-day visit, the other campers were the friendliest we have met so far, the laundry takes credit cards (no need for a bag of quarters!), and it is near so many other southwest Florida attractions.
Our big gripe was a lingering smell about half of the time from the dump station. We were quite close to it so some other camp sites may not have been affected. Otherwise I would have given this park 5 stars.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Heidi M
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Key West, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great for tent camping and long walks!”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

We stayed for two nights in the tents-only section and thoroughly enjoyed our weekend. Spacious site, fire pit, and electricity/water make for a great experience. No fish were biting, but the raccoons were, so secure your food products. Seriously: they unzipped the gear tent and made off with cornbread and cookies. Bugs were very minimal. We walked the 1.5 mile and 3.5 mile trails and saw many birds and one gator and a large feline paw print next to a pile of wile feline scat.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank M F
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Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worst State Park in Florida”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

The park in general has some very nice feature but the campground is the absolute worst out all of the Florida State Parks. It is way, way, way over crowded. You sit right on top of your neighbors. There is no privacy. This is not a "get back to nature" experience. We felt like rats or chickens in a cage. They even filled in what little green space was available in the center common area with tent campers. Our neighbor's fire pit was so close to the end of our RV (we have a small RV/not a huge vehicle) that we were afraid they would ignite our "home." We had to close all the windows because of the smoke even though they had a small fire going. Collier-Seminole needs new restrooms and to move the RV dump station away from campsites. There are people camping right next to the dump stations. We can't believe the health department would ever approve of this park. It was also extremely noisy with screaming children and barking dogs.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank reggie2travel
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