SP Campground Rating – Koreshan State Park, Estero, FL
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
The sites here are OK, but not exceptional. They’re flat, sandy/packed earth with 30AMP/water, fire-pit and picnic table. Sizes tend to vary a bit and some are too close together or too small for our liking, but they’re rated for rig-size and access from the main road is good. Our site (#6) was a fit, but there really wasn’t room for more, so no place to sit and hang out except for a sliver in the back of the RV.
- Facilities = 4/5
Decent set of facilities. They’re a tad older, but shower-stalls have decent pressure & temperature and are kept clean. There’s a few laundry machines on-site, a dump-station, plus playground and picnic area around the campground. The nearby river has canoeing and fishing.
- Location = 3.5/5
Koreshan is a decent stop-over location going South. There’s interest with the on-site historical site, and you’re relatively close to Estero Bay and the associated beach towns, plus a medium drive to Fort Myers and Sanibel. You’re not on the beach, but it’s not too bad a spot considering.
- Pet Friendliness = 4/5
The park is open to pets, but some of the sites are a tad tight for “hanging out”. There is a small nature trail where you can walk doggie on the campground, but no larger hiking areas. There is a decent off-leash dog-beach in Bonita Springs ~ 13 miles away.
Overall Rating = 3.75
BONUS ALERT = Visit the historic Koreshan Unity Settlement!
Summary: The main interest at Koreshan is the historical Koreshan Settlement which is on-site and I do think it’s worth the stop to have a look. The Koreshanites believed the entire universe existed in a hollow sphere and built an elaborate colony in Estero led by their charismatic leader, Dr. Teed where they researched their beliefs and educated their followers. All the original buildings are preserved and it’s a fascinating little visit. Other than that the campground is nice but only so-so. Sites are a tad close for our liking and some are rather small, although access is decent everywhere. There are good facilities and a nice, little nature-trail. There’s also a river on-site which lends itself to fishing and canoeing. This place doesn’t really have enough of a draw for us to come back, but we enjoyed the stay and historic visit and would recommend it as a one-time stop-over for others.
Extra Info: Verizon aircard and AT&T both workes. Sites are reservable $26/night with 30AMP & water. On-site dump station. Laundry.