CALOOSAHATCHEE REGIONAL PARK
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|19130 North River Road
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TRAIL UPDATE: The mountain bike and horse trails are OPEN. Always check here for updates before coming to the park.
Park Hours (Daylight Savings Time)
Click here for a park overview map.
Parking: $1 per hour/$5 per day, year-round (Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this park)
NO SMOKING ON TRAILS!
Keep in mind that the southside trails are available only for hiking.
Facility and Equipment Rentals
This may surprise you! Here are the approximate average evening temperatures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for summer months of 2010: May 69°F, June 74°F, July 75°F, August 76°F
This park features 768 acres of pine flatwoods, scrub oak, cypress swamps and oak hammocks. Crossing through them, you'll find over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. The north side of the park is designated for mountain biking and horseback riding. The south side of the park has hiking trails, fishing pier, a floating dock and the primative campground. Primative camping sites for families and groups are available, along with equestrian sites for people with horses. Kayaking and fishing are available along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Covered pavillions are available for group use or special events.
Park programs include guided walks, guided kayak trips, themed preschool and home school programs, and more. See the Events Calendar for dates, more information and how to register.
Annual and Upcoming Events:
Caloosahatchee Regional Park will offer night rides on the mountain biking trails on Thursday nights during Daylight Savings Time. This means that night rides will occur from Thursday, February 6, 2014 through March 6, 2014 and will resume on Thursday November 6, 2014. Night rides begin at 6:30 pm and all riders must be finished and back in the parking lot by 8:30 pm. All night riders will leave from the north side entrance to the park located at 18251 N. River Rd. Alva, FL 33920. These rides are for experienced riders familiar with the trials. Riders are required to wear proper safety gear and lights. Night riders must sign in with staff at the North entrance and sign a “hold harmless” waiver. Riders are required to sign back in with staff on their return. Staff reserves the right to deny a rider who does not have proper night gear or who has abused the return procedures and times. Parking fees apply.
Volunteer Campground Host positions are available for our campground. Click here to see the Volunteer Hosts Agreement.
What are you doing next summer?
Purchased by the State of Florida in the 1960's, Lee County entered into a lease on the site in 1989, with a management agreement to provide public recreational opportunities. Located along the Caloosahatchee River, it is an area rich in natural history. Calusa Indians are believed to be the first settlers here. Followed by Seminole and early settlers of what is now known as Alva. Early studies have also found two archaeological sites within the park. The efforts of several community members from the Caloosa Saddle Club in 1985, were instrumental in convincing Lee County Commissioners to proceed with plans to develop a park. Along with other groups such as the Florida Mud Cutters Mountain Bike Club, volunteers were instrumental in the development of the trail system on the park's 400 acre North side. Caloosahatchee Regional Park opened on March 6, 1999 and to this day, volunteers are instrumental in trail maintenance and campground management.