Welcome! I’m excited to announce our Royal Palm Hammock Trail and boardwalk is finally open after repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Take a walk on the trail and see the unique Rockland Hammock and its army of native royal palms. Each day I’m amazed that I get to work in a place filled with tranquil beauty. I am also excited to announce our newest Park Ranger, John Castle. John is an army veteran and Naples native. He brings a ton of knowledge in maintenance and construction to the team, as well as a local perspective.
Summer is here; afternoon showers and plenty of bugs can be expected. Due to the bugs, tent camping during these months can be arduous and if you plan on taking a long hike, bring lots of water and bug spray. If you are willing to brave the heat and bugs to go camping, Collier-Seminole can be your basecamp for an incredible Everglades adventure. Our 6.5-mile adventure trail is still partially closed due to recent wildfires but you can hike our service road that runs through it. It is a great opportunity to see the effects of fire and how well the environment recovers. Our 3.5-mile Old Marco Road trail provides a great place to hike and has much more shade than the other trails.
One of our biggest goals, other than preserving this wonderful wilderness is to grow our Citizens Support Organization or “Friends” group. Our “Friends”, the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park supports the park’s mission by providing access to our park, supporting our resource management program, enhancing our volunteer program, and enriching our visitors’ experience. They host special events, offer guided canoe tours, and sell firewood and ice to provide funds for the parks programs. The “Friends” group is essential to park operations and a great way to get involved. You can stop by and fill out a membership application or you can simply like us on Facebook @FoCSSP to show your support.