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Hontoon Island State Park

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Address: 2309 River Ridge Road, DeLand, FL 32720
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+1 386-736-5309
08:00 - 01:00
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Great place to fish

Have always caught fish while on Hinton Island State Park. Very nice picnic area, museum, and store.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have always caught fish while on Hinton Island State Park. Very nice picnic area, museum, and store.

Thank denny91246
Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have loved going to Hontoon Island State Park for years. When our children were little I would pack a picnic lunch and take them out there to play on the playground and walk the trails and go to the top of the lookout tower(no longer there). Over the years we have camped out there in both the cabins and... More 

Thank Teacher20052013
Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To our surprise Hontoon Island State Park didn't have an admission fee (donations are appreciated). To get to the Island State Park you must ride the Ferry, which is free! The Ferry is actually a Ppntoon Boat which is quite large. Once on the Island there is a map to assist you with Trail Guidance, Cabin Rental Information, Primitive Camping... More 

Thank ray m
Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice island park you reach by a 500 foot ferry ride. Wheelbarrows are available to get camping gear to the island via the ferry. The ferry is free. They do accept donations. There are very nice views of the river from the picnic area and off some of the trails. We hiked about 3 miles round trip... More 

Thank rlewan
Brandon, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Wooded Park. In the middle of the st johns river. I went in January but it was still very hot. Seriously would NOT want to be here in summer months. Fla's native birds aka Mosquitos! will eat you alive!! Yes, BUY the dang expensive bug spray!! it is worth every penny. It has a 5K trail and a 10K... More 

Thank Aries4Play_63
Satellite Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

enjoyed the trails and scenery. nice campground and marina. I can see why the native Indians lived here for so long.

Thank finscout1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This park is delightful, you can get there by boat or their ferry service. The park rangers are knowledgeable and helpful. Kid and family-friendly!

Thank David P
Jacksonville, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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 22 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

Thank JohnRussellCox

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