Hontoon Island State Park (FREE ENTRANCE PARK)


We went to Hontoon Island State Park this past weekend for the second time, the first time was soon after hurricane matthew so I am glad I went back for another visit 😀

We had a rough start, the ferry over to the island takes six passengers and even though they had room for one more they wouldn’t let us both go on so for the following 15 or so minutes waiting for it to return he was highly upset. When we did get on he threw up on both of us and on the floor of the ferry >.<  Rough might be an understatement, eh. We got to the bathroom (he’s still upset mind you) i’m trying to clean off his shorts, my pants,  and there’s no hope for his shirt. After leaving the bathroom we stopped by the museum.

I had no idea there was a museum the first time and was glad to have stopped by and given it a look around. It’s small but has good information and nice stuff to look at, as well as one of those penny souvenir machines. Then we went into the store – specifically to see if they had a t-shirt I could grab him. The woman there took off $5, I thought that was really sweet… I really didn’t want to have to put him in a quarter sleeve shirt in this heat. He now has a Hontoon Island State Park t-shirt, he looked adorable lol like he was at summer camp or somethin’.


He played at the playground for a while and snacked then we went for the trail. It is listed as also a ‘wet trail’ and that’s exactly how it was last time not even 1/2 a mile in so we turned back. We got all the way to the Indian shell mound and back, I started my fitness tracker a bit late but in total we did 3.89 miles. I’m terrible with time, it is beyond me. Anyone that is around me will hear me say “time is a manmade concept”……. needless to say, the last ferry to leave the island was at 7:00. I called the office from the trail at 6:30 to let them know we were on the trail and there was no way we’d make it back by 7:00. I think we got back there at 7:20 or so.

The trail is really nice ! After about a mile in the landscape totally changes, the trail is a little grassy…has a meadow feel to it. AND, there are pine trees ! Tons and tons of roots but other than that nothing too physical I don’t think. I felt bad that we were late (she didn’t give any sign of being upset about it) but i’m really glad we went on it. I saw a cute baby snake, alligator head, and an absurd amount of mosquitoes.

The park offers:

  • Camping
  • Cabin rentals
  • kayaking
  • kayak rentals
  • grills
  • picnicking
  • playground
  • museum
  • gift shop
  • trails
  • boat camping (never heard of this before)
  • fishing
  • Wheelbarrows for hauling items to campground


Surprisingly, given all the activities I found that getting around would not be too difficult. The path leading the the trail and camping area was solid hard packed dirt. There’s sidewalk leading to the bathrooms and playground. The parking lot is gravel or from what I remember large rocks. We haven’t made it past where the trail branches off so I can’t give any details about the park past that point.

This park is also near Blue Springs State Park, both are located in Deland, FL.

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