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Collier Seminole State Park, Naples

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Collier-Seminole State Park is a Florida State Park located on US 41, 17mi south of Naples, Florida. The park is the home of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the Bay City Walking Dredge used to build the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades. The park includes of 6430acre of mangrove swamp, cypress swamps, salt marshes, mangrove river estuaries, and pine flatwoods. Among the wildlife of the park are American alligators, raccoons, ospreys, and American white ibis. brown pelicans, wood storks, bald eagles, red-cockaded woodpeckers, American crocodiles, Florida black bears (Ursus americanus floridanus) and Big Cypress fox squirrels (Sciurus niger avicennia) also inhabit the park.
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  • The park has interesting historical and environmental features. One can hike a variety of trails, and launch a canoe or kayak for water sports  more »
  • Good place to go kayaking or canoeing. There's a short walking trail, picnic area, camping area, and scheduled activities. A bargain with entrance to the park at only $5 per car.  more »
  • We visited the park on a Sunday afternoon, and it was very quiet that day. There is a small concession stand that rents bicycles and has cold drinks. There are also canoes available at another locatio...  more »
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  • It was horrible!! We just came back from camping at Collier Seminole State Park! We camp at all the state parks in Florida and have enjoyed every one of them but not this one, it was a nightmare! The park was totally infested with mosquitoes!! They were around the campsites by the thousands. We had one tree at our site that was packed with fire ants and we had our little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with us. He got his little face bitten by them before we knew they were there. Two of the rangers did come after a neighbor reported the fire ants and put a powder around the tree that was to kill them. There is absolutely no TV! Since we could not sit outside at our camp site, we were hoping to be able to watch tv in the evening. NO! There was not a single channel and the park is right on a main road so there should be no reason that there are no channels. On our third day a ranger came to our door very early in the morning telling me that we had to take our mosquito trap down. I explained to him that it was not a zapper and it did not kill any bugs. It traps them and we release the good bugs if any are in the trap. I told him that two other rangers had been at our camp site twice checking on the fire ants and were looking at the mosquito trap and said nothing. He said that did not matter and I needed to take it down. He was nice about it but that was ridiculous, we were infested with mosquitoes! I think just about every camper that had reservations including us checked out early due to these problems. We will definitely never go back.
  • Really nice park but camping sites are a bit close for my taste. Sites are great for RVs if you have a tent depending on the site# you might be setting up on a hard driveway. Good trails near for great bicycle rides and canoe rental available. I was hoping the park would be a dark park to take night photos but all the buildings are well lit up and also the electric access panel for your site has a bright light too that stays on all night.
  • Florida State Parks are awesome and this one has a wonderful variety of activities to keep you busy for days. The Blackwater River is an easy paddle through mangroves, no worries about getting lost and the tidal influence is minimal until you get close to the bay. The tent camping loop (1-19) is quiet and shady; the RV loop is just that, mainly a large open area packed with huge RVs. I'd highly recommend the park as a hiking destination and a paddling destination. It is also a great place to stay and use as a base for trips in the Everglads, Big Cypress, and surrounding areas. You're only about 10min away from a grocery store so if you need more ice or something like that it's not a far drive.
  • This is a very nice camping facility nestled in the Everglades with some historical significance and nice hikes. I had to bump a star for the mosquitos, though. There's nothing they could (or at least should) do about it, but it influences my decision on whether or not to go back. It was rough, man.
  • #1 MOSQUITO MOSQUITOES MOSQUITO'S everywhere. hoards of them and they were the big aggressive ones. i dont know if its all the time but i was there in early April and they were the worst ive seen anywhere. Reminder you are IN the Big Cypress Swamp. Deet worked well but who wants to apply deet 24 hours a day and for up to 14day stay, you'll have a seizure or cause nerve damage? also if they get in your camper or tent your DONE. Ok so besides that, the place is amazing, clean , quiet, looks like a tropical jungle. you MUST DO the kayak down the canal, because its salt water n there are zero mosquitoes, The experience is like no other ! Going out into the thousands islands Mangroves is amazing! Expect to drive 14 min/ 14 miles to Naples civilization from the park. Air boat tours all around. some unique restaurants in vicinity with fresh catch worth going : Everglades city, Chokoloskee, Goodland Islands.. oh and honorable mention Marco Island ( rich $$$ n tourist area ) just saying.