Experiences & Amenities
Off-road biking is available on Historic Marco Road along a 3.5 mile course along marsh, hammock and pine flatwood. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists under the age of 16.
Collier-Seminole State Park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and offers many opportunities for bird watching. With three different hiking trails in the park as well as a 13.5 mile canoe trail, there are a number of different natural communities to explore. Over 150 different species of birds have been spotted in the park. Add your sightings to the list at ebird.org.
The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park offers GUIDED CANOE TRIPS during season (December - March) - Day trips ($25 per person) and moonlight Trips ($35 per person). Step off the pavement and paddle into the “Real Florida.” Experience an easy, enjoyable, and educational adventure on the Blackwater River. Space is limited, so call for reservations. Phone: 239-394-3397
Watercraft up to 24 ft. can launch from the boat basin and access the Blackwater River, the Ten Thousand Islands or the Gulf of Mexico. Be aware that motorized watercraft entering Mud Bay will likely get stuck and are prohibited from that section of the river.
The campground is considered a tropical outpost on the edge of the Everglades. All sites have electricity, water, a grill and picnic table. There are 105 campsites that accommodate all campers, from tents to large motor homes. Sites one through nineteen are for tents only. Hammock camping is designated in campsites 2, 5, 34, 53, and 79. This park is frequented in the winter by motorhome campers seeking warmer climates. Pets are welcome in the campground. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited except in designated areas. The restrooms have hot showers and one has a laundry facility. A centralized dump station is available for RV campers.
- Maximum RV length = 50 ft.
- 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 .
Hiking: The primitive campsite for hikers is located approximately three miles from the parking area along the six-mile hiking trail north of Highway 41. The site accommodates up to 6 people. The hiking trail is wet during the summer months and some sections are muddy all year.
Canoeing: The primitive canoe campsite at Grocery Place accommodates up to 8 people. Accessible only by boat or canoe, the site is located approximately nine miles from the park boat basin. Park canoes cannot be rented overnight to access the campsite.
Pets are permitted at the primitive sites, but not recommended. Downed wood may be collected for fires. There are no facilities at either site. Campers must carry in all supplies and carry out all trash. Bring bug spray and plenty of water. Check at the ranger station for availability or call (239) 394-3397.
Camping, Devel. Group
A youth camping area is available for groups to rent not far from the main campground. It is within walking distance of restroom/shower facilities and has drinkable water. The cost per night is $5.00 per adult and $1.00 per child. The maximum capacity is 20 people and priority is given to established youth groups. For more information or to make a reservation call the ranger station at(239) 394-3397.
Collier-Seminole State Park is a great place to canoe or kayak. The Blackwater river flows down through a beautiful mangrove forest and into the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The river is tidal but very gentle and is a good place for less experienced paddlers. Bring your own equipment or rent a canoe from Collier-Seminole Nature Tours, a park concessionaire. Pole boat tours and canoe/kayak/paddleboard rentals and tours are also available. Call 1-800-719-8160 to make reservations for a tour or for further information on equipment rentals. The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park also offers guided canoe trips every December-March. Day trips and moonlight trips are offered. Call the Ranger Station for more information at (239) 394-3397.
The Blackwater River is a mix of salt and fresh water and provides plenty of fishing opportunities. To fish on the river a saltwater fishing license is required. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
The park has 10 geocaches, with 3 of those being multi-stage caches. Collier-Seminole State Park also has the oldest geocache in Florida, named the "Christmas" cache.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
Collier-Seminole State Park has three great nature trails within its boundaries.
Royal Palm Hammock Nature Trail/Boardwalk (0.9 miles)
Collier-Seminole State Park is unique for having a tropical hardwood hammock, known as “Royal Palm Hammock.” Here are plants more common to the Yucatan or Caribbean, with a thick canopy of royal palm trees, gumbo limbo, Jamaican dogwood, satin leaf and many varieties of ferns. The nature trail starts at the parking area of the boat basin, just around the corner from the stop sign entering the parking lot. About two-fifths of a mile, the trail will split and quickly bring you to the boardwalk, where the habitat changes to low wetlands that are inundated with water most of the year. Here you will see pond apple trees, thick patches of giant leather ferns or stands of white mangrove trees. The far end of the boardwalk has a 200 yard spur trail that ends at a scenic overlook over a salt marsh. Often birds are seen feeding or nesting in the area. Animals such as bobcat and bear have been sighted but avoid people and remain elusive.
Hiking Adventure Trail (6.5 miles)
One of the attractions of the Everglades and Big Cypress is to hike through a wet cypress swamp, and much of this trail is wet during the year except in the winter and early spring. Sightings of wildlife like bear and panther are not uncommon, but they avoid humans whenever possible. This is Everglades & Big Cypress habitat in its natural state! Give yourself about 3 or 4 hours to enjoy the entire trail. Also, make sure to bring plenty of drinking water and some bug spray with you. Please register at the ranger station to get a map and gain access to this trail.
Off Road Bike & Hiking Trail (3.5 miles)
This trail is suitable for either biking or walking. The trail head is along highway 41, about 0.7 miles west of the main park entrance gate. Please come to the ranger station and register before going on this trail. About half of the trail is a historic road bed named “Old Marco Road.” This is easily traversed and dry year-round. Sections of the rest of the trail are wet through the summer months. The wildlife most often seen are deer, gopher tortoise, herons, woodpeckers or gray cat birds. Though rare, it is possible to see endangered species like Florida panthers and red cockaded woodpeckers. Black bears are also common. You can bring your own bike or rent one at the ranger station.
The picnic area has four pavilions with picnic tables. Three of these have charcoal grills. Nearby are the park's boat basin, playground, and restrooms. The pavilions are non-reservable.
Collier-Seminole State Park offers the opportunity for some of the most diverse wildlife viewing in the Florida State Park system. With three hiking trails and a 13.5 mile canoe trail there are many different natural communities to travel through. Some species found in the park include Florida panther, bobcat, gopher tortoise, manatee, and alligator. For a list of species found in the park stop in at the ranger station.
The boat basin at Collier-Seminole State Park has a ramp that allows access to the Blackwater River. The Blackwater River is a tidal river that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. It is recommended that watercraft no larger than 24 ft. launch from the site.
Canoe / Kayak Launch
Canoe and kayaks can be launched at the boat basin into the Blackwater River. Stop at the ranger station for information on tides or to get a map of the river.
Bay City Walking Dredge No. 489 was constructed in Bay City, Michigan and used to construct the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in the late 1920s. Its revolutionary design allowed it to "walk" itself forward as it was dredging limestone to create the roadbed. The Bay City Walking Dredge was designated a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1993. An ASME landmark represents "a progressive step in the evolution of mechanical engineering." The Dredge was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The Dredge is on display inside the park with kiosks explaining its history and function.
The park has interpretive kiosks located near the Bay City Walking Dredge and interpretative displays at the Blockhouse. The Blockhouse is a stylized recreation of a Seminole War fort and the first floor is open to the public. New displays will be added at the Blockhouse in the near future.
Pets are allowed in most areas of the park. However, pets are not allowed in park buildings. We ask that pets be kept on a 6 foot leash and not be left unattended in a campsite for more than 30 minutes. We also ask that pets be well behaved and confined to a tent or R.V. during campground quiet hours.
There are four picnic pavilions available at the park's picnic area. Located nearby the picnic area is a playground and the park's boat basin. Three of the pavilions have grills and all have picnic tables. These are non-reservable and available on first-come basis. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the picnic area.