Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the Everglades, as well as a forest of tropical trees at Collier-Seminole State Park. The 7,271-acre park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. Collier-Seminole also contains one of the three original stands of the rare royal palm in Florida. The park is the site of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the last existing Bay City Walking Dredge. Built in 1924, it was used to build the Tamiami Trail Highway (U.S. 41) through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, linking Tampa and Miami and opening southwest Florida to travelers. Visitors to Collier-Seminole have the opportunity to explore the park's wilderness in many ways, including hiking, bicycling or canoeing. Collier-Seminole provides canoe rentals, as well as a boat ramp with access to the Blackwater River, where anglers can fish for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Collier-Seminole offers full-facility, primitive and youth camping. The picnic areas have pavilions and grills for use on a first-come-first-served basis.

The trail is open, you must pay fee at the Collier-Seminole State Park office at the entrance. They will give you the code to the lock. The trail is about a 1/2 mile east of the park so you drive back out of the park heading east. They will also give you a map.

It is a great trail that loops back to entrance. Be advised this trail is very wet during the rainy season. It is not easy, even during the dry season.

Get there early so you have plenty of daylight. Take Plenty of water and snacks. Some areas even during dry season are muddy. No sneakers, take hiking boots. Common sense take hiking poles.

Trail markers all along to guide you. Marked on trees yellow paint and pink ribbons. It is a very narrow trail.

There is a primitive camp site but I have not stayed overnight. Im not sure how it works or if there is an extra fee to stay overnight. Ask ranger.

When you complete your hike phone the ranger office and let them know you left safely. The pass they give you with the code has the tel number.

Its a great hike even if you dont do the whole loop.

Nice easy walk with lookout. Might see interesting wildlife

Not a bad trail, just not as interesting as others on the area. Half is an old road through very open pine forest, the other half was made by mowing through brush and tall grass. A small area feels a bit jungly and there is a neat little gator pond along the way. Be cautious...snakes LOVE this trail. This one is probably best to bike and not hike.

First time biking, technically easy. would rather hike Well maintained.

Great palms & not much people

I just spoke to a ranger at the park. The trail is closed at this time due to a large wildfire in the Picayune State Forest nearby, and only about 2 miles of trail are open, due to hurricane damage from Irma, and there is no timeline of when the trail will be restored.

A nice little gem of a trail... well maintained and clean. A little of everything to see along the way. Quiet and peaceful. Will be going again!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Alligators, birds and some Bear scat, interesting walk!

not much to see today just a leisurely walk. Not a very Scenic Trail.

So many mosquitoes! Besides that it was beautiful.

paddle sports
Monday, January 05, 2015

We rented a canoe and paddled around the river and inland waterways at Rookery bay. Scenic and relaxing, we saw lots of wildlife on our tour.

It was ok. The trail was Not clearly marked. Still not sure if we biked the whole thing or if we missed a part if it. You have to go to the State park entrance and pay $5 for a parking tag then, the park ranger will tell you how to get there.

Be sure to avoid this trail in the rainy season or after a storm. Bring bug spray, it's a swamp walk. It's alright. It's a good trail to just day hike or to build up for a harder trail.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

We have hiked this trail twice now. The first time was January 1, 2011. The trail had been overgrown and VERY difficult to navigate. The "map" given at the ranger's station was inadequate to say the least.
We are 4 moderately experienced hikers and this took us 6 hrs to walk, stumble, crawl, and fall down. We agreed that this was one of the most difficult trails that we had been on. The reviews say that this is easy it needs to be bumped up.
The ranger told us the a team that takes care of clearing and marking it was snowed in and didn't make it down.
Now, 11 months, and some days, we went back. The team still had not shown up and it was worse. We did half the trail (the upland pine Forrest) in 2 hours. But still had to hack and find our way.

This would be a great adventure for anyone of moderate or better experience. But do not take a novice and make sure up bring plenty of water and bug repellent as both are just as vital as for getting you out!!

6 months ago

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