I am going to start off by saying that John and I found Pioneer Park and the Cracker Trail Museum to be an interesting backroad and off the beaten path find. If you are a Florida history buff, a kayaker/canoer, camper/rv’er, or someone who just likes to explore new Florida places and see a little wildlife, then Pioneer Park definitely has potential.
It is not a huge park, but it is a decent size, and it sits on the banks of the Peace River, which makes it a great place for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. It also makes it a great location to see alligators and all sorts of Florida birds possibly.
The tent camping area sits on the Peace River banks, and a small boat ramp is provided that is suitable to launch small motorboats, canoes, and kayaks.
The RV campsite is in a large open area without too many trees. This to me presents pros and cons. The biggest con in my book is the lack of trees in the RV area. Trees usually provide a bit more privacy and at Pioneer Park the RV campsites do appear to be close together. On the other hand, the lack of trees can be a pro for the more novice RV’ers as trees could present an obstacle or hazard in the backing in and leveling of the RV.
There is electrical and water hook-up, however, there is no sewer. A dump station is provided within the park. They have daily, weekly and monthly rentals available. For your convenience, here is a link for more information. Hardee County Pioneer Park
For people who are really into nostalgia and history, the Cracker Trail Museum has over 4500 artifacts and will pique your curiosity and entertain you for hours. For the milder history buff, allow about an hour to thoroughly view all the exhibits. The museum is open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. Admission is only $2.00 per person.
On the grounds of the museum is the Pioneer Village. Authentic preserved historic buildings moved to their location at Pioneer Park.
Also within Pioneer Park is a small Wildlife refuge. Unfortunately, John and I did not get to explore it because we visited on a Wednesday, and wouldn’t you know it, the Wildlife refuge is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. But I did snap a picture of the entrance and took a peek through the main gate. It looks clean and interesting, and with admission to the refuge being only $4.00, it may be worth further investigation next trip down this way.
Pioneer Park is located on the corner of U.S. Highway 17 & S.R. 64 in Zolfo Springs, FL. Park Office located at 231 Wilbur C. King Blvd.
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