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“Nice quite island”

Hontoon Island State Park
Ranked #3 of 78 things to do in DeLand
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Orange City, Florida
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice quite island”
Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

The island is only 1650 acres. I kayaked around it. It's 10 miles. You'll see lots of birds, gators, snakes (if you're lucky) and manatees swimming around you if it's cooler at night.
The tent sights are somewhat close but are nice and restrooms and showers are close. There are water spigots that has good tasting portable water! Mosquitos are present during the warmer months.
The cabins are rustic. Some sleep 4 and others 6. They all have a screened porch with sealing fans inside and out.
They will give you one ride to and one from your camp site which is .4 of a mile from the Ranger Station. The picnic and playground area is surround on three sides by water (The St.Johns River) two Great Blue Herons are nesting on the edge of the play ground now.
The little museum is good. Lots of stuff for kids to see.
Folks fish from the banks.
The ferry is a pontoon boat...that still makes it a ferry!
The entrance and ferry ride is free but they do take donations.
There is an island store and a coke machine.
There is over 5 miles of trails. Some are service roads. The nature trail is 1.5 miles one way then the same distance back on the same trail. It's not a loop but it all looks different on the way back :-)
When you get to the end of the nature walk you'll be on top of a very large Indian mound (midden) and you'll see quite possibly the largest live oak tree ever!!
They rent canoes and kayaks and if you arrive by boat they have a marina to park in.

It's a small quite island with not too much to do but it's quiet and peaceful and worth the visit!

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Québec city area
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89 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Quiet and calm. No wildlife though in this January.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The ferry boat service for pedestrians is easy and pleasant. The Hammock Trail is interesting but not wildlife at all, No birds etc. It is something to do, but we wouldn't recommend it if you had younger kids (under 12) since they would probably find the trail long and boring. There are camping facilities and the like but we can't make any comments about them. Donations are welcome to help finance the park system.

Visited January 2013
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Windsor, Canada
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“Unexpected State Park Worth The Trip”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Many lament the loss of the Old Florida but Hontoon Island State Park celebrates this era. There is a free ferry to the island and the best directions to the park are on the website of a nearby eco tour. Go to blueheronrivertours.com and follow the driving directions and you will be within 200 feet of the park entrance. This is a great park to spend a few hours or a full day but there are limited offerings nearby so I would strongly recommend you bring a picnic. Allow 45 minutes to see the free museum that explains the history and wildlife of the area. If you are so inclined bring your fishing gear as people advised us its a great spot for bass and crappies. We found the nice walking trails were like a trip back in time. The park is hard to find but well worth the trip

Visited January 2013
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Frenchburg, Kentucky
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299 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Nature Walk”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

I rode the ferry across to the island and walked the 3 mile nature walk. I thought it was a loop trail but you walked out to the end and had to walk back the same way for a total 3 miles. I didn't see any wildlife except a lizzard and a squirrel. The museum was small but interesting.

Visited January 2013
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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“Interesting place to visit”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Wilderness island, only accessible by small (free) ferry. Restrooms, camping site, mini-museum, and hiking trails. We canoed round it ... 10 miles round trip. My arms are still tired!

Visited January 2013
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