Thursday, October 1, 2020

Collier-Seminole State Park

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly

The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail is located on Highway 41 seven tenths of a mile west of the ranger station. Look for an opening in the guard rail on the south side of the road. There is a small parking area, a sign and chain across the service road that acts as the trail head. A portion of this trail follows the

The 3.5 mile Mountain Bike Hiking Trail in part follows the Old Marco Road. The road was lined with palm trees and runs through a mixed pine and palmetto environment.

The 3.5 mile Mountain Bike Hiking Trail in part follows the Old Marco Road. The road was lined with palm trees and runs through a mixed pine and palmetto environment.

Historic Old Marco Road. On this trail there are signs about panthers and alligators. We saw many tracks; deer, panther, turkey, raccoon, coyote and/ or dog but we saw no large animals. We did see the turkeys and some woodland birds. The trail detours around an “environmentally sensitive area” where there is an active eagle nest. There are benches but no facilities on this trail. The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is inside the main park along with access to the water ways, restrooms, camping, and historical information. This trail is handicap accessible with a board walk into the preserve and an overlook into the marsh. All visitors to the trails need to pay and register at the ranger station. The nominal fee is $5 per car. If you want to be a regular visitor think about joining the friends of Collier-Seminole Park for $25 per family. Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset every day of the year.

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