Koreshan State Historic Site

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Koreshan State Historic Site
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Koreshan SHS planetary court02.jpg
The Planetary Court
Map showing the location of Koreshan State Historic Site
Map showing the location of Koreshan State Historic Site
LocationLee County, Florida, United States
Nearest cityEstero, Florida
Coordinates26°26.0′N 81°49.0′W / 26.4333°N 81.8167°W / 26.4333; -81.8167Coordinates: 26°26.0′N 81°49.0′W / 26.4333°N 81.8167°W / 26.4333; -81.8167
Area135 acres (0.55 km2)
Governing bodyFlorida 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.

It contains areas of pine flatwoods habitat and the site of a religious colony, the Koreshan Unity, whose last members deeded the land to the state in 1961. Recent aerial video footage of the site.


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.

Recreational activities[edit]

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).


External links[edit]

Media related to Koreshan State Historic Site at Wikimedia Commons