Description - Collier-Seminole State Park is a wonderful example of the former ecosystem found throughout of southern Florida. Once inhabited by various Indian tribes and then preserved by entrepreneur Barron Collier, the park is a reflection of the past. Three features bring the past to life: Civilian Conservation Corp's army blockhouse, the Collier monument and the Bay City Walking Dredge. This park is also the gateway to a well-known canoe route within the Ten Thousand Islands and Blackwater River. Nature enthusiasts will not be disappointed. From mammals to birdlife to one of the world's largest mangrove forests, the park highlights these unique features through its nature programs, guided boat tours and observation tower.
- In the early 1940s, Barron Collier, a wealthy advertising entrepreneur and developer, made plans to design a park. By 1947, the land Collier had chosen was turned over to the state of Florida for management as a state park. Named in part for Collier and for the Seminole Indians who had made the area their home, Collier-Seminole State Park was opened to the public.
Collier-Seminole is home to a 4,760-acre wilderness preserve located in the mangrove swamp. The preserve is a prime example of how this region looked before the arrival of the first European explorers. A limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the preserve each day by canoe. It is a 13.5 mile canoe trip to the preserve which offers primitive camping for overnight stays.
Tent and RV camping is available at Collier-Seminole State Park. Fishing, boating and canoeing are popular activities at the park where the Blackwater River flows through the park allowing access to the Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. A 6.5-mile hiking trail winds through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp, allowing visitors to observe the great variety of vegetation and wildlife found at the park. A self-guided nature trail featuring a boardwalk system and observation platform overlooking the salt marsh is also available. Additional exhibits of plants and wildlife may be seen in the park's Interpretive Center.
Recreation - Recreation activities in the Collier-Seminole State park include camping, primitive camping, nature trails, bicycle trails, canoeing, boat tours and fishing. A boat ramp and canoe rentals are available.
Climate - The climate in southern Florida is subtropical, with mild winters and hot, wet summers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). Yearly precipitation for the southwest area is more than 56 inches. Lightweight clothing for hot temperatures is suggested. Long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes and bug repellent are recommended if hiking.
Collier-Seminole State Park is located in southwest Florida, on U.S. 41 17 miles south of Naples.