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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 had never heard of this group before visiting the settlement and found it fascinating. They believed that the earth was comprised of layers and that we lived inside the ball of the earth. A little f...  more »
  • So interesting guy in the art hall was extremely informative about the history. I was on my own and would have found it better with a friend to share the experience but still enjoyed it.  more »
  • We went on a Sunday when there was also a farmers market going on. We were able to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. The historic settlement is well kept and well staffed with very knowledgeable people ...  more »
  • Glamping at it's best. Nice trails for being in town. Old historic compound. To many exotic plants to discribe. Very large bamboo forest along river that leads to Calusa Am. Indian shell island by canoe or hike through. Pavilion for party's. Very nice.
  • This Florida State Park was a great surprise. The historical buildings are well preserved and you can walk into most of them and learn the history of the Koreshans. Just walking through the park itself is a pleasure since the trails are well marked and well taken care of.
  • We always enjoy the hike down by the river. The walk is approximately 1.4 miles, you walk one way then return via the same path. But it is still an enjoyable walk.
  • Had a very relaxing visit. Plenty of history to absorb. Canoe and kayak rentals available. Beautiful plant life and scenery
  • This is a really nice park. The park is kept up and preserved very well, there are rangers at some of the buildings that will give you some history on the site. Great way to spend a day or camp overnight. Check out the nature trail while you're there, it's not too long of a walk and is really nice. The river is very busy with kayakers and canoes.