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Hontoon Island State Park, DeLand

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4.5/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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  • 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 ques...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
  • 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 i...  read more »
  • Nice area to walk. Couldn't get thru alot of trails due to it being muddy from rain. Trails are unmarked so a good chance of getting lost once you get in too deep. Otherwise nice place. Great picnic area.
  • Beautiful trails. One easy going and the other more moderate and interesting. The moderate hiking trail has lots of spiders and a smaller foot path that is sometimes muddy and mostly in the shade. One tick ran up my leg and I removed it before it decided to stay. There is a ferry that takes you there and back for free but does ask for donations. Has a playground for kids and is dog friendly.
  • Every one of the staff we met here seemed so happy to be working here.  It's the only Florida State Park with no cost for an entry fee.  We weren't planning on going here but we went here while we waited for our boat tour.  I'm glad we did.  This park has a ton to do.  There is hiking trails, camping, fishing, bikes for rental, and canoeing for rental.  The main trail is nice wide and well marked out path, it's easy and don't need hiking boots or anything.  A note to buy food ahead of time as there's not much there or nearby if you plan to stay for a bit.  Overall a great park and worth the visit.  We didn't experience too many mosquitos but still recommend bug spray and going early
  • The campgrounds on this island are pretty great. They are only reachable by ferry (free), but the distance between the island and the mainland is measured in a few hundred feet. The tent and cabin sites offer a little less privacy than suits my preference. Also, the sand fleas are real. On holiday weekends, Blue Springs fills to capacity and closes the parking lot very quickly. We simply rented a boat and floated our way down the St. Johns and dropped anchor at the springs.
  • I love this state park the only free state park in all of central Florida and you get to take a ferry across to the island, the trails are fun and exciting it has a little museum too
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