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Hontoon Island State Park

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Address: 2309 River Ridge Road, DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: (386)736-5309
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Scenic Trails

The park was beautiful and very inexpensive. There are signs posted to watch for snakes which was scary but we didn't see any! Very nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Stephanie M
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Oakville, Canada
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Oakville, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The park was beautiful and very inexpensive. There are signs posted to watch for snakes which was scary but we didn't see any! Very nice.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I visited this park for the first time today, and was completely surprised by it. First, after parking, I stood on the dock, and a ranger saw me from across the river, and came over to get me in a pontoon boat. He told me about the park on the way back over to the island. There are about 8... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Very friendly staff (rangers and volunteers). Very little wait for the ferry (under 10 minutes) - just wait at the dock. They'll see you and come and get you for the 2 minute ferry ride to the park. I took the 3-mile round trip self-guided scenic trail that begins at the Ranger Station and ends up at the Indian shell... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We took the little ferry across to Hontoon Island and spent some time walking in nature. It's a very bare-bones park - so if you're looking for big thrills, lots of things to do / see, etc., you may be disappointed. However, since we are avid Florida State park goers, we absolutely loved it. It's so nice sometimes to relax... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Nature at it's best- Fun listening to the guide and seeing the wild animals. Only $20 for seniors for 2 hours of entertainment

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St. Petersburg, FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The parking area was a bit rocky and anyone with instability issues should be ware. It was quiet when I visited and was good enough to sit back and read for a little while.

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Hontoon State park in Deland is in a residential neighbourhood surrounded by water. There is a large parking lot on the mainland. We were greeted there by two noisy Sandhill cranes ! Wait on the dock and the ferry will arrive to pick you up. The Ranger on board describes the island as you approach it; the boat ride is... More 

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port orange, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Recently stayed in rustic Cabin for 2 days at this unique state park. where a ferry ride gets you there....lots of picnic areas and places to fish and boat.....entrance to park is free and worth visiting...hiking ...fishing etc. Park Manager Ken and his staff make you feel right at home and do everything to make your stay GREAT!

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We camped in one of the rustic cabins this weekend and had a really great time. I was a little nervous about taking all of our gear over on the pontoon boat (including bikes), but the rangers all went out of their way to help us get everything to our cabin with ease. The Park Rangers and volunteers could not... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

On the outskirts of Deland, the Hontoon Island State Park is a very good spot to retreat from the hustle of everyday life. A ferry (no charge) takes you across to the island where there are pathways, picnic tables, shelters and even a place to camp or to rent a cabin. Good fishing as well as beautiful surroundings to simple... More 

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