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Collier-Seminole State Park

To get the best of everything, try blending it. That’s what Collier-Seminole State Park is: a blend. It’s a blend of land and water, fresh water and salt water, tropical and temperate vegetation, part Great Mangrove Swamp and part Big Cypress Swamp. It’s a blend of recreation and tourism and preserve and reservation. This blend offers great diversity for you to explore.

Seventeen miles south of Naples, Collier-Seminole State Park offers tons of activities for all. Those who love history will enjoy the items on display from the Seminole Wars and the “walking dredge” used to build the Tamiami Trail in the 1920’s. View a slide program presented by the park that covers all aspects about the park including its history with a Q&A after words.

There are a number of trails. The easiest is a one mile boardwalk with an observation platform that overlooks the salt-marsh. There is a 3.5 mile off-road bike trail that allows you to enjoy natural scenery and wild life. The 6.5 mile hiking trail is a bit more intimate with nature and not recommended for kids. You’ll get a great workout wading through the better part of the hike and truly come to know what the Everglades are. You’ll need some dry clothes after this hike.

Canoeing anyone? There is a 13.6 canoe trail through a mangrove forest on the Black Water River. Canoe rentals are available on-site and you can also take a guided tour. Looking to make it more adventurous or romantic, take a moonlight canoe trip. Call 239-394-3397 for more info.

The park is famous for being home to the rare Royal Palm. You’re also likely to see alligator, raccoon, osprey, white ibis and other wading birds. Fishing and picnicking are other common activities enjoyed here.