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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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  • Hey--- I'm from the South. I know that mosquitoes are horrible. But... this state park really should consider closing during this season. We asked the lady at the gate if the trail was open and how ba...  more »
  • Our son wanted to go kayaking in the back waters but we didn't book anything and ended up calling into the Collier Seminole State Park on the off chance we could go. It's was around 10 in the morning ...  more »
  • This circular walking trail gives a glimpse of old Florida. There are kayaks available to rent and the day we went, the park ranger gave us a wonderful overview of the area. Although not easy, one cou...  more »
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  • I must say this is a nice park - lots to do so long as you're running from mosquitoes. Lots of sites but ZERO privacy (everyone is packed in). We camped over Memorial Weekend a few years ago and had to buy a case of bug spray that we had to spray inside of our camper to even let the kids outside to play. The swarm of mosquitoes followed you and would attack if you slowed down. The kids enjoyed riding bikes when it rained! It was nice, the bathrooms were clean, but be-ware of the mosquitoes!
  • 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.
  • Nice, interesting, pretty park. Mosquitos/biting bugs are unreal during bug season, right next to Everglades. You will literally be bitten nearly every second, or more than that even... extreme level. When office says bugs are bad, they seriously mean it. They have both private sites separated by foliage in forest/shade, or, an open field without privacy.
  • 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.
  • Nice place but not in summer. LOTS if skeeters, even daytime. This was a stop on way to key's. Winter would be great I'm sure.

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