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Hontoon Island State Park

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Address: 2309 River Ridge Rd, DeLand, FL 32720-4302
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+1 386-736-5309
08:00 - 01:00
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Great State Park to visit if you are in the area.

Hontoon Island SP is a cool piece of old Florida. The island has a very nice hike through the hammock and along the St. Johns River. There is a nice store and museum at the ferry... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jacksonville, FL
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Jacksonville, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hontoon Island SP is a cool piece of old Florida. The island has a very nice hike through the hammock and along the St. Johns River. There is a nice store and museum at the ferry landing where you can get supplies and learn about the island. There is also a campground and primitive cabins as well. The only way... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We went not too long after the hurricane, less than a month. I'm sure that had an effect on our experience. Has a nice playground which my son loved, and a trail that was very enjoyable until we got to the muddy area. I believe I saw another trail that was closed off. Someone told me there are ruins or... More 

Thank India H
Deland, Florida, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Hontoon Island State Park is on an island in the St Johns River near DeLand, FL. You need to park and take the ferry across if you do not have a boat of some kind. Lots of great hiking on the island, and we recently discovered geocachers have a good time there. A beautiful chunk of Central Florida

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Black bear, pygmy rattlesnake, deer, and wild turkey -- if you want to meet them, you might want to consider the Hontoon Island SP. We stayed in a cabin, which was great. The place is clean and well-maintained. If a black bear decides to visit the camp, then the rangers respond very quickly and chase him away. In our case,... More 

Thank 3xG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

You will probably need a GPS to find the landing where the ferry picks you up, but it is worth it. You get a little pontoon boat ride (electric solar powered) across the St. John's River then the whole island is yours. Play areas for little ones, fishing from the bank or dock, trails and even overnight campsites. They have... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

What a find. A short boat trip across to the island and then loads of trails to walk. We saw loads of wildlife and the facilities are all clean. The warden was so informative and answered all our questions. And it's all free !! You can give a donation which I think is a must for such a fantastic place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Great spot for fishing, hiking, play park and the kids loved the ferry ride to and from the island. All volunteers and staff were really helpful and informative. We had a really great time here 2 days in row.

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Christmas, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

You take a short trip by ferry boat from the parking lot to the island. The park is maintained by donations. Tent and cabin camping. $30 for small cabin for 4 or $35 for more people. No pets allowed in cabins but acceptable for tent camping. Small island history museum and gift shop. Has a few hiking trails and a... More 

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DeLand, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Hontoon Island is a small state park, well hidden, primarily primitive, free and well worth the trip. I live near here and it's a favorite for taking visitors. There are nearby marinas where rental watercraft can be used to explore Lake Beresford and the St. Johns river. There are always many varieties of birds, including a wood stork rookery, and... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Quite a long drive from the center of DeLand. There is a simple entrance (you must boat across the river to get there), but a beautiful park inside. Make sure to view the visitor center as well.

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