Estero, Florida

Koreshan State Historic Site

Estero, Florida

Estero, Florida
Phone: (239) 992-0311

Sites: 60
Recent Rate: $28 6/2015

Latitude: 26.431253292
Longitude: -81.8147458392

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

23 Reviews

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James Harris

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We found this campground to be just right for our needs. We have been visiting southwest Florida for years and last visit we came just for the museum but saw the campground and decided to give it a try this year. It is older and may not be everybody's cup of tea but we enjoyed our stay very much. The site was private because of the foliage and the grounds were clean. The area has grown so much in the past few years so it is a nice balance to stay in a rustic setting but be within minutes of shopping and great restaurants. Jeff's Chinese in the plaza across the street was very good. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Travel Trailer.





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 246
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

I am so sorry to have to give this campground such a low rating, but there is a big problem. When we arrived in the early afternoon and hooked up, the voltage was 117 amps, so all seemed well. We turned on our air conditioner and went for a bike ride. When we returned another camper had pulled in next to us and was running the AC. Our electrical management system had shut down our coach for low voltage. I looked and the voltage was going down as low as 100 volts. That is far too low to run modern appliances. I went up to the front desk and was told that it was an old system and that was just the way it is. When I asked about a refund, she said probably not and that the park manager was not available. On the way back to the RV I came across a maintenance person. He came by and decided that changing out the plug might help. He was very nice, but changing the plug had no effect. We backed without air conditioning. Finally, after dark, the voltage went up enough that we could turn on the power but could still not run the AC without having the voltage go too low. So, we were very glad we had made only one nights reservation. All of the positives noted by other reviewers are spot on. However, we would not stay here again unless they upgrade their electrical system. I would also note that I think it would be very difficult to get a big rig into most sites. We are only 27 feet long and it was tight. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Retro Camper

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a rustic park, but there is so much to offer in the surrounding area that any possible inadequacies are made up for by the conveniences nearby. It was rainy and hot, but we just went shopping and sightseeing during the days and enjoyed the nights in the campground. Within a few minutes you have every restaurant you could want and high end shopping at Coconut Point. Drive into Bonita Springs for Gulf access, it is much nicer than heading over to Ft Myers Beach. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely return. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second visit to Koreshan. The Koreshan Historic tour is excellent. This park has little to offer inside unless a quiet time is your goal. The surrounding area is very busy but nice. We drove to Everglades City (1h 10 min.) for an airboat ride. It was well worth it. Sanibel Island is about an hour away, once again through heavy traffic. This park is clean and neat but some of the sites are quite small. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is starting to slide backwards. We usually like it here at lot, but will avoid the weekends now at all costs. The tent people that come in during that time are out of control. They are bringing in loads of crap wood, including old greasy pallets, and have "smudge pots" going 24 hours a day. Beer parties till late in the night, with lots of yelling and screaming coming from both adults and children. Children running wild down the roads all day and night. Cars and trucks come roaring down the paved camp roads at 40-50 miles an hour. So much for the 5 mile an hour speed limit. Only a matter of time before there is a serious accident. If you have to be here on a weekend, suggest staying at the far south end away from the tent only area. The sites are soft dirt, and really need to be updated with crushed gravel or limestone as many state parks are doing now. When it rains it becomes a muddy mess. The ants are horrible. Don't forget to spray around your unit or you will be over run with the critters. 30 amp service only and no sewer hookup, but there is a washer and dryer at the single bath house. Good AT&T signal and many channels available on roof top antenna. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Koreshan park is close to our home and a perfect weekend getaway! The park is clean, well maintained, and full of history. You can rent kayaks, and it is pet friendly and close to stores, but set far back enough that you don't know they're there. Sure wish they had a pool. In Florida...ya gotta have a pool. We will continue to recommend and visit often. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Good paved roads, sand-gravel sites fairly level and fairly close with scrub plants separating sites. Bathhouse off to one side from most sites and rather far from some sites. Bathhouses dimly lite, but clean. Very nice tidal river side sandy nature walk with groves of large bamboo and other exotic trees leading to the Koreshan historic settlement which was very interesting with volunteers describing the history and philosophy of the Koreshans, and a very good tape show. I enjoyed this park, the river nature walk, and the Koreshan settlement. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Close to shopping and restaurants. Very "woodsy" sites. Not well cleaned between stays. Lots of bugs. Very small sites. Clean washrooms but they seemed "closed for cleaning" an awful lot. Would not return. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Rick & Carol

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved the historic site - very interesting. Sites are all very private and the park is absolutely beautiful. I will definitely come back. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first time here, and we loved the park. My only real complaint was that we should have booked a longer stay! Thank you to the previous reviewer, as we went on that suggestion and booked into site #14, which made us feel like we were in our own little world. We were here during the week, and the park was only a quarter full. Not sure how it would be on a weekend. Checking in, the very pleasant and smiling park ranger was extremely helpful and welcoming: a rare experience sometimes. Did not have time to canoe the little river, but it looked great and will do that next visit. We toured the historic site on a self guided tour, which is free for campers. Kudos to the people taking care of this site, as it was clean and well kept. Enjoyed the history very much. Only thing I would change, would be to have somewhere in the park to obtain Wi-Fi service, but AT&T cell phone and our digital TV antenna had great service reception. Looking forward to our next stay! We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here in a 38' motorhome with toad and had no problem parking on site 14. Roads were very good; sites were shaded and had plant growth between sites, we were able to received satellite TV; only had 30 amp service, but ranger related that the park was due to be upgraded next year; received both AT&T and Verizon service. We really enjoyed this beautiful Florida park. Gave a rating of 8 because of the 30 amp service. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park for tent camping, but I would avoid it for any kind of big rig. You're limited to 30 amp service, and not all the sites even have septic, and there's no wifi. The sites are cramped, and roads are very narrow; backing in a big trailer is a major headache. It's near Tamiami Trail, so traffic noise is a constant at all hours of the day and night. The historic area is mildly interesting but not worth a special trip. Honestly, I doubt this park would even exist if the Koreshan Society didn't give the state money to keep it around. It's a dismal, nowhere, little park combining the worst elements of wilderness camping and urban living. The state is getting ready to widen the busy road, so you can expect construction and even more traffic noise. Stay closer to Fort Meyers and have a much better experience and be closer to the resort areas. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a good park to visit if you want a healthy dose of nature and history, with civilization a stone's throw away. There are some short trails to hike along the river and through tropical woodland. There is access to the Estero River by way of a boat ramp, and canoe rentals are available. The campground is wooded, with plenty of foliage between most of the spaces, although some are fairly close together. The handicapped spaces are paved; the rest are dirt. Ours (#100) was relatively level. There is one central bath/laundry/garbage facility; restroom and shower areas were clean and well-maintained; water was hot and plentiful. There is a double dump station. Aside from canoeing, there is the Koreshan Unity village located in the park, and a short bike ride or walk away. (If you walk, take the trail through the woods.) The village features historical buildings and grounds from a now-defunct religious sect. The park is located quite near a major intersection, across which is a Publix supermarket. A little further up the street are an urgent medical care center, dentist, and emergency veterinarian. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This Florida State Park is better than recent reviews would have you believe. Cons: All sites are 30amp and none have sewer connections. All but 4 sites are sand, and ours gave us no leveling problems. There is a minimal amount of road noise mainly noticable when emergency vehicles were using sirens, or straight piped motorcycles were on the road near the CG. Pros: The vegetation between sites affords a great deal of privacy. All camp roads are paved and wide enough for any rig to back into their site. There are some "trails" to the showers and restrooms but if the signed routes (cement sidewalks) are followed the access is easy. Showers are older but tiled and never did we feel they were inadequate, dirty, or uncomfortable. Hot water was plentiful and with all other showers in use, never did we run out of hot water. This is not a destination park. You won't find a lot of activities, any beaches, or even a camp store. There is a boat launch ramp, into the Estero River, in the park. It is a great base camp for visiting Ft Myers, Naples, or any of the island beaches and tourist attractions. There are many restaurants, grocery stores, outlets and "box" stores are within a 10 minute drive of your campsite. We would have no qualms about returning here in the future. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 326
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has been highly rated, but I'm not sure why. This is not a bad park, but it is in dire need of updating and maintenance. To say that the sites are overgrown is an under statement. The park has a jungle like feel, and there is evidence everywhere of campers ripping branches from trees and shrubs in order to fit into a site. The roads are narrow and difficult to navigate for larger rigs. My 32' MH was barely able to back into a site. Trimming a few palms was necessary to avoid destroying my paint job. The site was very soft sand in spots. While trying to level one corner a few inches, my jack along with the wood block was pushed 6" into the soft sand. The volunteers at the park try hard to maintain what is there, but they are simply not equipped to deal with work on that scale. The restrooms while clean, are very old and in need of updating. Hot water in the showers ran out quickly. It may be a matter of taste, some people called the sites private, I call it "cave like". The tour at the park is top notch and the ranger did an excellent job. I would pass this park next time unless some agressive site maintenance was undertaken. We camped at Koreshan State Historic Site in a Motorhome.

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