*** This blog was originally posted in 2011, so many improvements made to the park since then are not listed. *****
“OK,” my wife answered, “pick a spot and let's go!”
I picked Collier Seminole State Park, just a few miles from Marco Island, Florida. It would be a nice, two-hour tow, about 90 miles or so, almost due south from Port Charlotte.
I have driven past the park many times with my parents as we headed to Tampa from Miami, long before I-75 was built, but we stopped only once. We didn't go into the park as my dad didn't want to pay the entrance fee just to look around. The park is located right on U.S. Highway 41, and even closer, we found on this trip, to Collier County Road 92, which runs adjacent to many of the campsites in the back side of the main loop. The back of the palm hammock campsites are just a few feet from the fence that butts against the county road. I felt sorry for one fifth-wheel camper who pulled in well after dark and slowly crept through the darkened campground searching for his site. I hope he had great portable lighting to see behind him as he tried to park his huge, cumbersome rig. The sites are level, clean, and mostly grass, but some are a bit of work to back into.
|Main Camping Loop at Collier Seminole State Park|
|The boardwalk on the Royal Palm Hammock walking trail.|
|Rental canoes are available at the entrance gate ranger station|
|A Strangler Fig attacks a Bald Cypress in the nearby Fakahatchee Strand|
|Rock structure may rival Stonehenge, or, maybe not. Copeland, Florida|
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