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Collier Seminole State Park. Tel: (941) 394-3379
About 27 km (17 miles) southeast of Naples, Collier Seminole State Park is just west of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve.
Nearly two-thirds of this park’s 2600 hectares (6423 acres) consists of mangrove forest. But there are also Cypress swamps, salt marshes and a tropical hardwood hammock, dominated by trees that are characteristic of coastal forests in the West Indies. Gumbo-limbo, buttonwood, strangler fig, bromeliads and ferns abound. The park is famous for its Royal Palms.
For the adventurous, the 2-km (13.5 mile) Mangrove wilderness canoe trail is a great way to get a close look at a mangrove swamp. Winter is the best time to visit, but mosquitoes are present year around and totally ferocious in summer. Canoe rentals are available.
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