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.Add Hontoon Island State Park and other attractions to your DeLand trip itinerary using our DeLand day trip tool.
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.
Hontoon Island State Park reviews
Only accessible by boat, this unique island State Park is a florida treasure. We arrived while they were still under construction from the hurricane's, but the ranger was knowledgable and friendly...
Only accessible by boat, this unique island State Park is a florida treasure. We arrived while they were still under construction from the hurricane's, but the ranger was knowledgable and friendly... more »
Love, love, loved this quaint little island. We stayed a couple of nights at Hontoon Resort which is very close by, so we went over the the island on the free ferry several times. The rangers who...
Love, love, loved this quaint little island. We stayed a couple of nights at Hontoon Resort which is very close by, so we went over the the island on the free ferry several times. The rangers who... more »
We had a great experience as a family with young kids here. The entire park is beautiful and they have amazing bike trails as well as hiking trails for all levels. I would recommend booking a cabin online and staying for a couple of days to enjoy the nature, fishing and everything this beautiful state park has to offer.
The best Florida state park I have stayed at. Quiet and serene with great manicured hiking trails. Best of all I saw zero trash in the park, even deep in the woods. I am almost afraid to post a review; I don't want to many people to know about it.
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