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Koreshan State Park

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The funny thing about RV travel is that most people ignore or even scoff at the idea until they’ve taken an RV vacation. Once people have vacationed in an RV, they fall in love with it. It’s the perfect case of: “Don’t knock it until you try it.”

Best State for RVing

RV camping is especially popular because you have all the comforts of home while also having nature literally right outside your door. There are many places to go RV camping around the country, and most of these locations are appealing, but if you want warm weather, easy access to beaches, and some of the best parks across the land, then you need to go RVing through Florida.

The Beauty of Estero & Bonita Springs

Estero and neighboring Bonita Springs are home to many intriguing spots. The first is Barefoot Beach. To get here, you have to drive through a private neighborhood with million-dollar homes. It’s a quiet street, and most people don’t know about the beach, which makes it a hidden treasure. You might see some wildlife here, including the gopher tortoise. If you want a more traditional beach, go to Lovers Key State Park. And if you would like to shop for discounts or play some poker, visit Miromar Outlets and Naples-Fort Myers Poker Room, respectively. The latter is a small and friendly poker room. Even if you’re inexperienced, you should have fun.

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A friendly little tip for dining. If you’re camping, you will probably opt to grill most meals, but if you choose to go out to eat one night and you don’t want to break the bank yet still desire a great pizza or Italian meal, look at Anthony’s NY Pizza in Bonita Springs.

The Ideal Stop in Southwest Florida

You will find many parks for RVing in Florida, but let’s cover one of the top spots: Koreshan State Park, which is located in Estero. The park features the historic Koreshan Settlement where visitors can see houses and building from the late 1800s and 1900s. The park offers guided tours throughout the year who take you on a journey through the daily life of the Koreshans who were known for their innovate use of large-scale electricity. At certain times of the year, you can even experience traditional foods and desserts at the Cast Iron Cafe that are prepared from scratched and cooked in the historic 19th-century wood-burning stove.

The Koreshan Settlement. Photo credit floridastateparks.org

Camping on the River

When you camp at Koreshan State Park, you’re going to be near the Estero River, and a water source always attracts wildlife. In the summer, you might spot bobcats, grey foxes, river otters, and alligators. In the winter, you’re more likely to see the friendly manatee. More than 100 bird species also call this area home, including swallow-tail kites, bald eagles, bobwhites, and belted kingfishers. If you choose to fish in the river, you will find the following: snook, mullet, and redfish. If you paddle three miles downriver, you will be in Estero Bay, where you will find saltwater fish.

Koreshan State Park Map

You can also paddle for fun on the river. A canoe costs $7 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour. A single kayak costs $10 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour. Tandem kayaks are $15 for the first hour and $10 for each additional hour. The boat ramp costs $4.

If you like to hike, there is a trail along the river. There is also a running trail along the park boundary that goes through the Pine Flatwoods. And don’t forget to take the guided tour or the historic settlement.

Photo credit floridastateparks.org

Camping Rules & Fees

It’s $5 per vehicle to enter the part if there are two or more occupants. It’s only $4 if there is one occupant. If you happen to be traveling on foot or by bicycle it’s $2, but that doesn’t pertain to you.

Camping is $26 per night plus taxes and a $6.70 reservation fee, which is not refundable. You can make reservations up to 11 months in advance. The dump station costs $10. The maximum length for an RV is 40 feet.

All campsites have electricity, water, a picnic table, and a fire ring. All campsites are shaded by pine trees, and you will also have access to grills, a restroom, and a playground. Additionally, there is a utility area with a washer/dryer, sinks, and a vending machine. You’re allowed to have a pet with you as long as he/she is trained and leashed. For more information visit the Koreshan State Park homepage on floridastateparks.org or call 239.992.0311.

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