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Collier-Seminole State Park
Collier-Seminole State Park Barred Owl in camp © Judy Barrett
Collier-Seminole State Park Bromeliad © Judy Barrett
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20200 E. Tamiami Trail
Naples, Florida   34114

Phone: 239-394-3397
Reservations: 800-326-3521
This park features a wealth of vegetation and wildlife typical of the Everglades, plus a forest made up of tropical trees. Although rare elsewhere, the Florida royal palm is a common tree here. The park is also the site of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the Bay City Walking Dredge. Built in 1924, it was used to build the Tamiami Trail highway (U.S. 41) through the Everglades, linking Tampa to Miami. Hiking, bicycling, and canoeing trails offer opportunities for visitors to explore the park?s remarkable wilderness. The park has canoe rentals along with a boat ramp that provides access to the Blackwater River, where anglers can enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Campers can spend the night in a full-facility campground; youth/group and primitive campsites are also available. The picnic areas have pavilions and grills for use on a first-come-first-served basis. The park concession has a snack shop and boat tours-call (239) 642-8898. Located on U.S. 41, 17 miles south of Naples.
History of the Area
Collier-Seminole State Park takes its name from two people who made their mark upon this land, forever changing it. Barron Collier was a wealthy entrepreneur who financed the building of the Tamiami Trail and purchased the land for this park, and the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians who have resided in this area since the early 1800s. Because of the Tamiami Trail, the two are forever intertwined in the history of this area.

Collier-Seminole State Park covers what is historically known as Royal Palm Hammock. Here is found one of three original native stands of Royal Palms in the state of Florida, resembling the coastal forests of the West Indies and Yucatan. The park also extends down to the Ten Thousand Islands and includes mangrove river estuaries and salt marsh preserves that are favorite habitats for wading birds.

The Seminole and Miccosukee Indians settled in this area by 1840 and have remained here ever since. In 1841 and 1857 during the Second and Third Seminole Wars, efforts by the Army to drive them out failed, making the Seminoles and Miccosukee people in Florida known as the "Unconquered." The visitor center in the park is patterned after a blockhouse from the Seminole War era.

In the early 20th century, effort was made to build a roadway across the vast expanse of Big Cypress and the Everglades. This effort was begun, but was ended because of World War One and funding needed elsewhere. In the 1920's the state of Florida asked Barron Collier, a wealthy advertising entrepreneur and pioneer developer, to help fund and complete building of the Tamiami Trail. It was a monumental engineering feat to build the roadbed between Naples and Miami, but was finally completed in 1928.

Inside the park is the Bay City Walking Dredge, used to construct the roadway that now passes by the front entrance of the park. In 1994 this now-silent machine was designated as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

The Tamiami Trail that Collier built had a permanent effect on the Indians in the area. Collier's roadway exposed the formerly isolated Seminole and Miccosukees to American culture and economic activity. There are many villages along the trail and even within the confines of the park, where the people maintain their balance between modern society and traditional ways.

After building the Tamiami Trail, Barron Collier envisioned developing the Lincoln-Lee national park, but failed to get government support for his idea. The land became a county park, and by 1947 it 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 now stands as a monument to the natural environment and historical people that have shaped the landscape.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES web page.
Camping is available at Collier-Seminole State Park year round. Reservations may be made up to eleven months in advance. One night's camping fee deposit will be required (credit card only must be canceled within 24 hours of check-in time for refund). For more information on camping in our park simply click on the Reserve America link. Clicking on the park map or selecting one of the camping area links just below the park map will allow you to see a map of the individual campsite locations. Select any campsite icon to see a detailed description of the individual campsite and what it has to offer.

Primitive Camping

Primitive camping is available along our canoe and hiking trails. Campers can experience true camping with no amenities. Space is limited. Check at ranger station for availability.


The park has two camping areas. One area contains 19 sites located in a wooded area and is popular for tents, vans, and popups. The other consists of 118 sites in an area more suited for RV's and also includes tent sites. All sites have electricity and all sites have a picnic table and a grill. Three bathhouses are located in the campground and are equipped with hot and cold showers. One bathhouse has a washer and dryer and another has an activity room with tables, chairs, brochure rack, and other reading material. The park has a youth camping area, a primitive camping area that is accessible from the park's hiking trail, and another primitive camping area accessible by canoe. The youth camp area can be reserved and the primitive camps are first come first serve.

Youth Camping

Youth camping is available for youth groups i.e. Scouts, church, and schools. Youth camp area is primitive and will require some walking with food and water to get to the site. No showers and only privies are available.
Boat Ramp

The boat ramp will accommodate small to medium vessels during low tide and most boats during high tide. Please call for conditions.

Boat Tours

Boat tours down the river are available through the concessionaire. For information and a departure schedule please call (941) 642-8898.

Canoeing & Kayaking

There is a 13.6-mile canoe trail that flows down the twisting Black Water River through a mangrove forest.

Enjoy fishing in the Blackwater River, where you can catch snook, tarpon and redfish. Boat rentals are available.

Explore saltwater angling opportunities along mangrove-lined shores for species like sheepshead or spotted sea trout.

Freshwater enthusiasts will find largemouth bass and catfish within inland waterways of this park located near Naples.

Guided canoe trips offer a chance to fish while exploring local wildlife habitats.

Remember that Florida state regulations apply regarding licenses and limits on catches.

Collier-Seminole State Park is located near Marco Island, Naples

Picnic area is available with tables and grills. Pavilions are available but limited on a first come first serve basis.
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 .9 mile 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.
Biking enthusiasts can explore a 3.5-mile off-road bike trail, but it's recommended to have mountain bikes due to rough terrain.

The park also offers an easy six-mile paved road for casual biking experiences; however, be aware of vehicle traffic.

Please note that the trails may close during wet conditions or if maintenance is required - always check before your visit.

Remember: helmets are highly encouraged in Florida state parks and mandatory for riders under age 16.

For those without their own bicycles, rentals are available at the ranger station on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Lastly, please respect wildlife by keeping distance and not disturbing them while enjoying your ride through nature's beauty.
The park offers a variety of birding opportunities, with over 150 species recorded. Birdwatchers can explore three nature trails and the Blackwater River via canoe or kayak for water birds sightings. The Royal Palm Hammock Trail is particularly recommended as it's home to many native Florida birds.

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- Pets must be kept on a handheld leash that is six feet or shorter at all times.
- Owners are required to clean up after their pets immediately and dispose of waste properly.
- Pets are not allowed in any park buildings, including restrooms and cabins.
- In the campground area, pets should never be left unattended outside owner's camping unit.
- Excessive barking will not be tolerated; owners may need to remove noisy animals from the park premises.
- Pet behavior causing disturbance or danger can result in eviction without refund for pet owners.
- Pets cannot enter swimming areas such as beaches, bathhouses, pavilions and playgrounds within Collier-Seminole State Park boundaries.
- Dangerous breeds identified by Florida law aren't permitted inside state parks even if they're leashed or muzzled.
- In case of violation of these rules fines could apply according to local regulations.

Going south from Tampa on I-75, take Exit 101 (SR 951 & SR 84) and turn right. Follow 951 to US 41. Turn left on US 41 and the Collier-Seminole State Park will be 8 miles on the right just past CR 92.

Going west from Fort Lauderdale, take Exit 80 (SR 29), go south to 41 and turn right. Follow 41 for about 15 miles, and the Collier-Seminole State Park will be on your left.

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