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“Great location; campsites are tight though”

Collier Seminole State Park
Ranked #43 of 122 things to do in Naples
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Owner description: This 7,271 acre state park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. A wide variety of wildlife, including several imperiled species, inhabits this unusual blend of temperate and tropical native plant communities. Visitors can experience this park's remarkable wilderness on several trails. The Blackwater River originates in the park and meanders several miles through the mangroves to Blackwater Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park offers popular daily 3-hour Guided Canoe Trip (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) down the Blackwater River. No paddling experience required. All Canoes have padded seats and backrest! Please call the ranger station for trip price & reservations. The park has canoe rentals along with a boat ramp that provides access to the Blackwater River. Other trails offer opportunities for bicycling, hiking and nature observation. Campground sites have electricity, water, a grill and a picnic table. The restrooms have hot showers and one has a laundry facility. The park is open from 8:00 a.M. Until sunset, 365 days a year.
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“Great location; campsites are tight though”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2010

We spent the 2009 Christmas holiday at Collier-Seminole State park. It is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Marco Island, and about 20 minutes from Naples beaches, and Less than an hour from Shark Valley (a must see in the Everglades). Collier-Seminole offers some excellent on site canoeing (including alligators), and the staff at the park are extremely helpful and hard working. We have a large RV and were fortunate to be in one (of about 10) spacious sites, however, before you book your site, you will want to check the camp-ground map. This park is Waaaaaaaaayyy too crowded. If the park service removed every other site, the camp ground would still be too crowded. Our experience with every state park we have traveled & stayed provided plenty of space between camp sites. It is not the case at this park. p.s. don't forget the mosquito repellent!

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“Awsome Outdoor Family Camping”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2009

My family and I absolutly loved this park. We loaded up the pull behind camper and had a weekend excursion. There was so much to do between canoe rentals, bike and hiking trails, there was something for everyone. Marco Island was only and left turn and less than 15 minutes away. Perfect for having a great day at the beach without headache. There were hook-ups at every campsite. I will say that the angles of the sites themselves were hard to get backed into. We have a suburban and a 28 ft camper with 3 bikes on the back, so I imagine it would be hard reguardless...bless my husband's patience! The sites are all fairly big and private. Highly recommend.

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Jupiter, Fl
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“great natural area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2009

Definately if tent camping,try to stay in sites on the small loop (1 - 19). These were shady and pretty private feeling. The rest of the campground is very open. Playground good for both our kids( 4 & 9). Bathrooms/showers nice and clean.Breakfast is offered for a donation in the large screen room in center of campground. We brought food, so didn't try-wish we would've known prior to coming.There is a Junior Ranger program at this park and close by at Everglades Nat'l Park and Big Cypress Nat'l Park. Kids learned alot through these "do-it-yourself badge earning programs". Will come back, but only in one of the 1st sites where we were, otherwize, too close for comfort. Heard minimal traffic at night, not like the other reviewer. Woke to sounds of birds each morning.

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Orlando, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't plan on sleeping”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2007

As others have noted, the sites here are small. We had to move our car 3 times to allow RV's to get into their sites across from us.
Forget privacy as the only vegetation is a palm in the middle of your site. We had neighbors on 3 sides. Two RV's, within a foot of our tent on each side, we could hear when they turned over in bed. One had a dog that raced back and forth all night. We were on the inner loop but could hear cars all night long, mostly motorcycles that were very loud. If you look at a map, the road is within 10 feet of the outer campsites in the main camping area. Do not be fooled, this is a highly trafficked road, even at night. The hosts were kind and friendly.

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“Super busy on 3rd weekend in Feb - Seminole Wars”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2005

Only a two hour drive from Miami. Take I-75 to exit 101 and stop at Publix before you get here, because you can't buy groceries anywhere nearby. There is a small concession shop at the boat basin where you can buy ice. Firewood available for $5 a bundle.

As we were primitive camping, we should have chosen one of sites 1-16. We liked the looks of 4 and 13. But this was a late booking and we ended up at site 92, right next to the bright bathrooms. Very little privacy. There is a swingset with baby seats and a jungle gym nearby.

It was completely booked for President's Day weekend, so there were hundreds of people using the six bathroom stalls. Bring your own TP and soap just in case you'll be there on this super busy time.

It was also the same time as the Seminole Wars re-enactment, which was fun to watch, about 20 mins. long starting at 2:00 p.m. Unfortunately, the re-enactment requires so much personnel time that the park cancelled canoe rentals so nobody would get lost and there not be enough staff to go find them. Whatever, it seemed bogus to me.

We did not take advantage of the Sat. 7:30 p.m. campfire program or Sunday a.m. all you can eat pancakes. But we did take the 11:00 am Sun. Boat tour, which was excellent. On busy weekends, tours book up fast. We arrived at 9:20 a.m. for the 9:30 tour but it was already sold out. Early is best for bird sighting though. While we were waiting after 9:30, we tried the 0.9 mile nature trail near the boat basin but were quickly attacked by mosquitos.

On the way back to Miami we took US 41 and lucked out the the Clyde Butcher gallery was open, just after the Big Cypress NP Oasis, which you should definitely stop at to see basking gators.

Might go back, maybe on a non-holiday weekend so the canoeing could be tried.

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