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Visit Koreshan State Historic Site

By Staff | Mar 16, 2017

A pristine reserve in Estero, one of the fastest-developing areas of Florida, Koreshan State Historic Site on the Estero River combines history and nature for a magnificent outdoor experience.

With a colorful past that started with the settlement of the area by Cyrus Reed Teed and his followers in 1894, the site now stands as a state park commemorating Teed’s religious movement to build New Jerusalem in Southwest Florida. This Koreshan Unity believed the universe existed at the center of a giant hollowed sphere. Though the movement faded after Teed’s death in 1908, the last followers deeded the land to the state in 1961.

More than 50 years later, visitors can walk the park’s trails, fish with alligators and wading birds on the Estero River, picnic, canoe or camp overnight. As with all state parks, the Koreshan site is open daily, 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until sunset. The historic settlement is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 pm., and guided tours are available each day.

The fee for parking is $5 per vehicle, limit of two to eight people per vehicle, $4 for single occupant vehicle, $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in vehicle with a holder of the Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Koreshan is also a face site for campers around town. Camping fees are $26 per night, plus a $6.70 reservation fee, which includes water and electricity.

Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees. Proof of eligibility is required.

To get to Koreshan State Historic Site on Corkscrew Boulevard, take Interstate 75 to Exit 123. The park entrance is located on Corkscrew Boulevard just west of its intersection with Tamiami Trail South (U.S. 41). For more information, call 239992-0311 or visit FloridaStateParks.org/park/Koreshan