It’s a great time to visit Collier-Seminole State Park. The mosquitos are down and the weather is relatively cool. Unfortunately, our Royal Palm Hammock trail is closed due to damages to our boardwalk by Irma, but we are working with private partners to get it open as soon as possible. On the bright side, the storm did create windows into the Rockland hammock that can be seen on your way to our boat basin or campground. Inside these windows, majestic Royal palms stand like sentinels guarding this sub-tropical wonderland.
Our campground is our main attractions. From here, you can plan your adventure into the Everglades, Big Cypress, or Ten Thousand Islands. You can also enjoy one of our hiking trails, paddle our river trail, or just relax and enjoy. We are also just a short drive from the beaches of Naples and Marco Island, so there is plenty to do and see.
This year we plan on reaching our resource management objectives by applying prescribed fire to over 700 acres of natural habitat. One of the areas we plan on burning is located around our 3.5 hiking trail. This presents a great opportunity to see the area before fire, after fire, and several weeks later when the new growth happens.
Another goal of the parks is to strengthen and grow our Citizens Support Organization, the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park or the “Friends”. Our “Friends” supports the park’s mission by providing access to our park, supporting our resource management program, and enhancing our visitor experience by hosting events and offering guided canoe tours. The “Friends” group is essential to park operations and great way to get involved. You can stop by and fill out a “Friends” membership application or you can simply like us on Facebook @FoCSSP to show your support.