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Southwest Region
Koreshan State Park
KORESHAN STATE PARK
KORESHAN STATE PARK
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, Florida   33928

Phone: 239-992-0311
Reservations: 239-992-0311
Throughout its history, Florida has welcomed pioneers of all kinds. Cyrus Reed Teed was probably the most unusual, bringing followers to Estero in 1894 to build New Jerusalem for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began fading after Teed?s death in 1908, and in 1961 the last four members deeded the land to the state. Today, visitors can fish, picnic, boat, and hike where Teed?s visionaries once carried out survey experiments to prove the horizon on the beaches of Lee County curves upward. A boat ramp and canoe rentals are available. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the settlement or a ranger-guided tour. For overnight stays, the park has a full-facility campground. Campers can enjoy campfire programs every Friday night from January through March. Located on U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road.
Nature of the Area
Bobcats, Grey Foxes, River Otters and Alligators are all found along the Estero River. During the Winter Manatees are found in our waters. Koreshan is great for bird watching as it is home to over a 100 bird species. Among them are Swallow-Tail Kites, Bald Eagles , Bobwhites, Belted Kingfishers and others.
History of the Area
The remains of an unusual pioneer settlement are preserved on the banks of the Estero River. In 1894, a religious visionary named Cyrus Reed Teed brought his followers from Chicago to Estero to construct a "New Jerusalem." Teed hoped it would become a city of 10 million people practicing the religion of Koreshanity.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingElectric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
The park has 60 wooded campsites. Twelve sites are designated tent camping only and located next to the Estero River. All sites have electric, water, grill and table. Pets are permitted in the campground overnight with current vaccination papers and a wastewater dump station is available for RV campers. A centrally located bathhouse has a utility area with a washer, dryer and sinks. The community campfire circle is for group use, seasonal interpretive programs and camper get-togethers. A volleyball court is next to the campground. The large picnic area has a nature trail, small playground, restroom, many grills and tables. The Estero River borders the park and flows into the Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. There is a boat ramp and canoes are available to rent. The Koreshan Historic Settlement is open daily with guided tours on weekends. For more information on camping in our park simply click on the Reserve America link. Clicking on the park map or selecting one of the camping area links just below the park map will allow you to see a map of the individual campsite locations. Select any campsite icon to see a detailed description of the individual campsite and what it has to offer.
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Day Use Area
Restroom facilities are located in the Settlement, and picnic area and in the Camp Ground. Facilities are ADA accessible.
Picnicking
The picnic area is located on the Estero River and is well shaded by Pine trees. Also found there are grills, restrooms and a playground
Trails
The park features a Hiking Trail along the river and a Running Trail along the park boundary that takes you through a pine flatwoods habitat.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 6 Had a great weekend! by cabin7
Went over the 4th holiday. Ended up staying an extra night. Loved the quietness, the hiking trails and the history. Everyone was so friendly. Bathrooms were VERY well kept. Will definately be back.
June 30 My favorite camping spot in Florida by GeoMar
I have been camping at Koreshan since 1987. On my first visit, I was greeted by a bunny on Easter morning, who happened to be right outside my tent. I love this park and everything it has to offer, for someone like me who loves nature and outdoor adventure.
October 11 Photo ops
I am a photographer and give Koreshan State Park two thumbs up for excellent photo ops of all different kinds. Beautiful place for still life, wildlife, nature photography. I was there in the morning and would like to revisit later in the day for better light on some the buildings. Beautiful park and very well maintained.
July 26 Fun to explore by Doyle Johnson
I went on a bike and explored the buildings - many are closed but you can look in the glassed-in entrances and see what is there. Well-done exhibits explain what these (rather odd) people were like and how their beliefs started.
August 18 Great 5 days.... by Frank
Park was well maintained and friendly staff. Alot of history surrounds the premises and makes for some interesting ventures.


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Directions
I-75 Exit 123 Corkscrew Road, head west 2 miles, cross U.S. 41 and continue on Corkscrew Road approximately 1000 yards to entrance of park. If traveling U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) Koreshan is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road at Estero.

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Koreshan State Park
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