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Koreshan State Historic Site

 Activities at Koreshan State Historic Site

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

A boat ramp is available. Maximum boat length 24'. Pet Policy

Campfire Circles

Campfire Circles

Campers can enjoy campfire programs on Saturday nights from December through March. Pet Policy

Participation Requirements

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Koreshan State Historic Site offers 60 campsites, all with electricity and water, a picnic table and fire ring. Twelve sites are designated tent camping only and located next to the Estero River. Four paved ADA campsites are available. Sites have a vegetation buffer between them for privacy. Fire wood and ice are available for campers at the ranger station. The picnic area with a playground is a short walk away. A dump station is available for RV campers. Other amenities include a utility area with a washer, dryer and sinks, a soft drink vending machine and a volleyball court. Pets are welcome in the campground.

A campfire circle is located in the campground and Park Ranger programs are given every Saturday night, December through March and by special request.

Maximum RV length = 40 ft.

Hammocks are allowed to be used in campsites number 10, 19, 23, 24, 26, 36, 40 and 60. Set-up using straps at least 2 inches wide on trees at least 12 inches in diameter.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing is a popular activity here in the park. The river is a brackish tidal waterway which leads to the Estero Bay approximately 3 miles west. Bring your own, or rent a canoe here. Please stop at ranger station. Pet Policy   College of Life Foundation Historical Kayaking Tours

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Fishing

Fishing

There are several spots along the river for fishing. The Estero River is brackish with snook, mullet, redfish and other popular game fish. Freshwater bass can be found as you paddle inland away from the Gulf. The Estero Bay is located about 3 miles by canoe down the river. It offers abundant saltwater fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. The bay is home to bottlenose dolphins, manatees and several game fish.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The park features a Hiking Trail along the river and a Running Trail along the park boundary that takes you through a pine flatwoods habitat. Park Brochure - Map Pet Policy

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Historic Site

Historic Site

Today the park maintains the heart of Dr. Teed's 'New Jerusalem' as it would have appeared more than 100 years ago in the early 20th century. Eleven buildings on the National Register of Historic Places are located throughout the landscaped grounds that include the Victorian Gardens. Visitors can get a glimpse of how the Koreshans lived from the Founders House, Planetary Court, Damkohler, Vesta Newcomb and Members Cottages within the settlement. Their role in commerce and industry is evident in the Bakery, New Store, Large and Small Machine Shops and the Generator Building. Last, but not least, their contribution to local culture is evident in the Art Hall. ADA access is available to the major buildings; however, due to their small size and historical nature, access to the smaller cottages is not possible. Please contact park staff should you require any assistance.

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Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available. For information on Programs and Tours: Pet Policy Ranger Programs and Tours

Pets

Pets

Pet Policy

Picnicking

Picnicking

The picnic area is located on the Estero River and is well shaded by Pine trees. Also found there are grills, restrooms and a playground. Pet Policy

Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited, except during park-sanctioned events where alcohol is permitted within designated areas.

Playground

Playground

For added enjoyment, the park has a children's playground located in the picnic area. Pet Policy

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are located in the Settlement, and picnic area and in the Camp Ground. Facilities are ADA accessible. Pet Policy

Tours

Tours

Guided tours of the Historic Settlement and Plants of the Garden are available to the general public through the year; for more information and scheduled times please see Ranger Programs and Tours

Requests for these and other tours for clubs, home school associations and other groups can be made by calling the park at (239)992.0311. We make every effort to accommodate all groups, however we may not be able to fulfill request made with less than two weeks notice especially in the months of December thru March.   College of Life Foundation Historical Kayaking Tours

Weddings

Weddings

The historic district within the Koreshan State Historic Site offers several locations suitable for wedding parties of various sizes. These areas can be reserved for your event up to a year in advance. We will be happy to work directly with you or your wedding planner to see that you have all you need for your special day. For availability, conditions and fee please contact the park on 1.239.992.0311 with a time and call back number so that our staff may contact you at your convenience or stop by the park.   Wedding Planning Brochure

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Bobcats, Grey Foxes, River Otters and Alligators are all found along the Estero River. During the Winter Manatees are found in our waters. Koreshan is great for bird watching as it is home to over a 100 bird species. Among them are Swallow-Tail Kites, Bald Eagles , Bobwhites, Belted Kingfishers and others. Pet Policy