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Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero

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The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 4, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District.It contains areas of pine flatwoods habitat and the site of a religious colony, the Koreshan Unity, whose last members deeded the land to the state in 1961. Recent aerial video footage of the site.FloraThe Koreshans imported a wide range of plant species from across the world, including: a Araucaria bidwillii (false monkey puzzle) tree, which is indigenous to Queensland, Australia, and drops seed pods as large as a football, a number of sausage trees, which are native to Africa and a favored food of giraffes, eucalyptus, mango and other fruit bearing trees, an extraordinary amount of Japanese bamboo that originally hails from the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and many flowering trees and plants of a wide variety.FaunaAmong the wildlife of the park are gopher tortoises, bobcats, gray foxes, North American river otters and American alligators, as well as such birds as swallow-tailed kites, bald eagles, northern bobwhites, and red-shouldered hawks.
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  • I love coming here. It is so peaceful and there is plenty to do. I love kayaking and all the nature you can see. I also love packing a lunch and eating here. The historic site and information about it...  more »
  • Found this place by accident. Walked the grounds, very interesting the history behind the village. Met a sweet women from Cape Coral who was there camping who gave us a nice tour and great conversatio...  more »
  • Only problem here is No swimming.... sigh. No pool or anything. 95 degrees and you need cooling off. I used the showers for that. My new tent leaked 2 of the 4 days I camped. That's about it.. good pl...  more »
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  • Koreshan State Historic Site is a comfortable campground. I like the spacious lots to RV and tent camp. The bathrooms are plush and clean. Great place to ride bikes and canoe. We enjoyed the historical walk through the century old buildings located on the grounds. Although we were located near stores for shopping convenience the grounds were free of any city noise.
  • It's a beautiful historical site with a nice walking trail, kayak rentals, and it's also pet friendly. On Sunday they have a farmer's market until 1 p.m. and it is only $1 per couple to get into the park. Enjoyable for the family.
  • It's an interesting place to go. I used my mobility scooter and I was able to see most of everything. Make sure you bring a hat and sunglasses, it gets hot there and there aren't many shaded places.
  • Very nice place to camp in and lots to see and do. It is very difficult to get in because they are always booked so far out. We got lucky when someone cancelled their weekend there. We booked it and we are glad we did. We walked around the old building and work shops there, all from long ago. If you are in the area be sure to stop and check it out. Bring your camera.
  • Full of UNIQUE history!! Must see spot in swfl. Also for kayakers this launch is great for short trips heading east or long trips out to Mound Key (about 8 miles round trip)