Koreshan State Park is a favorite Florida State Park among many campers and locals! There are beautiful historic buildings and nature trails waiting to be discovered. Pack a picnic and enjoy a charming day exploring one of Florida's most alluring state parks!
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Where is Koreshan State Park?
Koreshan State Park is beautifully located in the small town of Estero which is in between Fort Myers and Naples, off U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). The location of the park is perfect as it is secluded, yet close to great shopping, beaches, restaurants, and golfing.
Daytrips are an easy drive to the nearby towns of Naples, Marco Island, and Sanibel Island.
History of Koreshan State Park
The historic village of Koreshan dates back to 1894 when a religious group of settlers from New York relocated to the swampy wetlands of South Florida.
This settlement became known as the Koreshan Unity Settlement where they built and maintained a self thriving community that consisted of a bakery, gardens, printing press, sawmill, store, and much more.
As the Koreshan community began to dwindle, the last of its members gave the land to Florida to be used as a state park and memorial. This land is now a historic place.
Buildings and some of the residence's cabins are still standing today with the interior dwelling set up as it once did. The village is nicely set up for walking or biking on the shell path.
Discoveries can be made around the village such as the beautifully crafted wood bridges, the landing next to the Estero River that is surrounded by bamboo trees, and the many mounds located on the grounds.
The woodwork and the acoustics in the Art Hall (where many plays and concerts were performed) is a must-see and hear experience.
Activities at Koreshan State Park
Picnicking- benches are located throughout the park
Historic pioneer village (early 20th century) Blacksmith demonstrations (visit park website for specific dates)
Farmer's market (year-round, on Sundays)
Kayaking at Koreshan State Park
Koreshan is situated along the Estero River which flows into the Estero Bay which is located three miles west. The boat ramp is conveniently located in the park with kayaks and canoes available to rent. The water is brackish and the current is smooth and enjoyable.
Camping at Koreshan State Park
The road is paved going into the campground location but the actual campsites rest on hard sand, dirt, and loose pine straw. Also, each campsite is a long rectangular shape that consists of heavy foliage around the perimeter. This is great for privacy as it is difficult to see your fellow campers.
All campsites have electric and water hookups as well as a picnic bench and fire pit.
Amenities include a washing area (washer and dryer) and vending machine which is centrally located inside the campground circle. The restrooms and shower areas are clean and well kept.
Camping reservations can be made online at ReserveAmerica.
ProTip: While camping at Koreshan State Park, consider a netted pop up tent to keep in front of your RV or tent which will help keep the mosquitos away during peek times (dawn and dusk). During the winter months, the mosquitos are not bad in Southwest Florida.
Recommended camping gear for Koreshan State Park:
Tips for traveling to Koreshan State Park
Biking at Koreshan can be a fun activity at the park. We had no problem biking on the road or on the shell pathways around the historic property. However, wider bike tires are recommended for the sandy nature path along the river.
Bring a picnic lunch and make a day out of exploring the park. Park near the playground and eat under the large covered pavilion, then bike to the historic village and tour the grounds. Bring water for your trek and keep a lookout for the many tortoises who call the Koreshan State Park their home.
The restrooms are next to the playground area and near the Art Hall at the pioneer village.
This is definitely a great spot for family portraits. The magical bridges and sweeping oak trees provide the perfect backdrop for family photos (Instagram worthy for sure).
Canoes are available at the park. Call the park rangers office to reserve (239-992-0311).
Nearby restaurants, shopping, & golfing
Naples area beaches
Fort Myers area beaches
Recommended books for your trip
For additional information, visit Koreshan State Park's official website.
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Hello! I'm Tiffany, a creative travel writer, mother to three awesome kids, and Floridian. We like to visit beautiful Florida beaches, Florida State Parks, and of course Disney! I like to write about our travel adventures and provide tips to other families traveling or relocating to the Sunshine State.