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Hontoon Island State Park, DeLand

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Hontoon Island State Park is a 1,648-acre (6.67 km2) Florida State Park located on Hontoon Island between the St. Johns River and the Hontoon Dead River in Volusia County. It is six miles (10 km) west of DeLand, off SR 44, and can only be reached by boat or park-operated passenger ferry. No motorized vehicles, other than wheelchairs, are allowed to be brought onto the island and there is no swimming. The island has pine flatwoods, palm and oak hammocks, bald cypress swamps and marshes. Hontoon Island is surrounded by the St. Johns River, the Hontoon Dead River, and Snake Creek.

Activities include horseshoes, cycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, as well as hiking, camping, picnicking, and nature viewing and photography. The island can be circumnavigated with a nine and a half-mile (14 km) day trip; Blue Spring State Park is a short paddle up the St. Johns (3.5 miles) one way. Amenities include canoe rentals, bike paths, eleven tent sites and six rustic cabins. The park also has overnight boat slip rentals, playground equipment, picnic tables, and a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) nature trail. The park has a lending library with picture books for children aged four to nine. The park is open from 8:00 am till one hour before sunset year-round.

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  • The island is only accessible by boat. There is a ferry available and all you have to do is raise a flag and it comes and gets you. You are on the island within 10 minutes. They have some nice hiking....  more »
  • What a fantastic day trip. Loved the ferry boat Captain. ( Bob ) very nice and knowledgeable. Such views of the old Florida. Everyone needs to visit while in the area. They have a snack bar and gift.....  more »
  • Better than I expected, since I'm not an outdoorsy girl. Cabins were nice, had plenty of sitting space. Cabin 1 is a ways from the bathroom in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere ha ha. Great opportunity to be at one with nature but still safe. Definitely will do again, park rangers and staff were amazing as we had a large group camping. Plenty to do hiking, fishing, biking etc...
  • The park rangers were very helpful and knowledgeable. My family went fishing and enjoyed ourselves and when we left the ranger that took us back on the boat gave us info on the cabins. We are from Georgia and visit family in Florida and we will most definitely tell others and we will return...GREAT PLACE!!!
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