Koreshan State Historic Site
|Koreshan State Historic Site|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Lee County, Florida, United States|
|Nearest city||Estero, Florida|
|Area||135 acres (0.55 km2)|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 4, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District.
The Koreshans imported a wide range of plant species from across the world, including: an Araucaria bidwillii (false monkey puzzle) tree, which is indigenous to Queensland, Australia, and drops seed pods as large as a football; a number of sausage trees, which are native to Africa and a favored food of giraffes; eucalyptus, mango and other fruit bearing trees; an extraordinary amount of Japanese bamboo that originally hails from the Edison and Ford Winter Estates; and many flowering trees and plants of a wide variety.
Among the wildlife of the park are gopher tortoises, bobcats, gray foxes, North American river otters and American alligators. Birds spotted include swallow-tailed kites, bald eagles, northern bobwhites and red-shouldered hawks.
Activities include fishing, picnicking, and boating, as well as camping, canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a campground, boat ramp, canoe rentals, trails and a picnic area on the Estero River. Beach activities along the Gulf, and kayak rentals on the river are available within a relatively short distance outside the park.
Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).
Media related to Koreshan State Historic Site at Wikimedia Commons
- Koreshan State Park at Florida State Parks
- Unofficial site of the Koreshan State Historic Site - history of the Koreshans
- Koreshan Historic Collection - The Koreshan Historic Collection presents a photo-journal documenting the daily life of the Koreshan settlement in Southwest Florida.