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.