Explore the most popular trails in Hontoon Island State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence of Native American habitation over thousands of years can be witnessed as visitors hike through the park. Stop in and walk through the impressive visitor center to learn more about the many inhabitants and uses of Hontoon Island over the years. Boating, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities and canoe rentals are available. Picnic areas include tables, grills, and a playground. Overnight boat slip rentals are also available. The park's ferry operates daily from 8:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Located six miles west of Deland off State Road 44.

great view clear trail

A little muddy at some points. Good trail.

Beautiful trail, but very prone to flooding. It's one of my favorite trails to walk in Central Florida. It is dog friendly.

Great fun, beginning with the short ferry boat ride to the island, short stop at the little visitor's center/museum, then met a ranger who answered a couple questions and pointed us in the right direction. We had a very nice hike on a cool day, went almost 4 miles since we took a side trip down to the river at one point; the recommended loop is 3 miles. It had recently rained so it was a bit muddy in a couple of spots, but not too bad. Saw wild turkeys and plenty of waterfowl; even an armadillo right next to the path. The highlight was the large ancient shell mound - very impressive. Easy to follow trails, well maintained, and varied terrain. It's about half way between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Highly recommend this hike. (There is no charge for the ferry boat ride or for entrance to the park.)

This was a great hike. there was some muddy areas however lovely canopy and we'll marked trails. Pet friendly will be back again. We loved the boat ride over to the island.

Took a couple mile hike for a few hours there, with Todd, Austin and my buddy Myron. Very easy hike, look like a lot of damage from Irma.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This is a well-kept trail with plenty of hiking and a great campground highly recommend the people are really nice and there’s a free ferry out to the island nice hidden gem

Peaceful and dog friendly. Easy hike with lots of palm trees and a free ferry ride over with a guide narrating the history

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Hike with Robin and Mike. Watch for chiggers when finding dead limbs for walking stick. Interesting Native American area. Restrooms at the start and a nature building.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Not much of a hike in my opinion

Friday, May 12, 2017

Peaceful, quiet, shaded trail that was leisurely and easy to navigate. Very clean and well kept area. Would be nice if they had more benches along the trail to sit and watch for wildlife. Park staff runs a short party barge ferry from the parking lot across to the island park. They have kayak/canoe rentals as well. Ferry and park admission is free!

Part of this trail is through palmetto scrub and part through oak hammock with some board walks. If it has trained recently, use insect repellant. The shell mound next to the river is the highlight.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Hontoon Island is one of my favorite parks. Riding the ferry over is such a neat experience, and it's like time hasn't touched the place.

The overall place isn't really exciting. The one and only hiking trail wasn't worth it and is really short. However, they have these roads that end up at different camping turnouts, so we created a route to visit them to make it worth our hiking trip. Those roads were nice and pleasant to walk in 55F weather, late January.
The ferry is free and just a minute ride to the otherside. Last ride is at 4.30pm to the island and 5pm from the island.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This terrific hike on Hontoon Island is part of a sanctioned trail sponsored by the Florida Volkssporting Association, of the AVA - America's Walking Club. Stop in the island store and ask for the "walk box" for maps/directions for a 3.1 mile (5 km) or 6.2 mile (10km) walk on the island.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great trail hike! So much to see of old Florida. A true hiking gem!

Easy and beautiful. The ferry ride was awesome, and the Rangers were great!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Such a pretty park. Great hike. Not hard at all, some wet spots. Ferry took you from the trailhead to the island. Great restrooms.

My husband, 2 sons (age 6 & 10) took this trail! We had fun, it was a very nice trail that was pretty easy. It was raining but the trees provided so much cover that it was more like a drizzle. We got through it quickly(approx 1 hr 30mins) for us with kids thats awesome. When we reached where the mound began to form it got really scenic and interesting! We were really expecting a little more information on what to look for with the Indian shell mound, so we reached the end of the trail we didn't know where to look for the artifacts and stuff so we headed back through some other routes which were also nice and maintained. When we reached the information station we asked and found out that we were right on top of the mound and just didn't see it. But other than that, this island is really nice and the volunteers who help keep it running like the ferry boat operators are really nice and special! Would love to go camping here for the night and give it another try!

road biking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Great place to get away. Very quiet and peaceful. Good birding. Easy biking and walking trails. Lots of alligators.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I enjoyed this trail today. Not too strenuous, but plenty of things to keep it from being boring. I saw a wild turkey, a hawk, an osprey at her nest, plenty of water birds and song birds, two small gators...but no deer or armadillo. Not to crowded. I only encountered maybe 6-7 people while I was on the trail. The Indian ruins are pretty cool...they rise up and you look down upon the marshy area below. The big oak at the end is impressive and inspiring. I sat on the bench next to her and ate a snack and listened to what sounded like hundreds of tree frogs (it had just rained). Would love to go back and camp at this park in the near future.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Grew up hiking in these woods. You are guaranteed to see some wildlife.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The hike to the Timucuan Indian mound is easy and well maintained--I was able to complete it in less than hour because I was rushed to get back to ferry after arriving late. I wish I could have stayed longer to hike more.

The wildlife viewing is incredible--saw several deer up close and armadillos were shameless! Ranger staff are very friendly. My dog loved this park.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

nice walk in the trees....visited here after seeing the Manatees at Blue Spring....nice boat ride across the river to get to the island....great place to get away for the day....all kind of activities.....couldn't find the trail at the end of this that is suppose to connect to other trails...so had to double back

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hontoon is an excellent place for a day hike, biking, camping and great fishing if you like. You take a short ferry ride to the island where they have campsites, cabins and a general store. Plan ahead and bring supplies to avoid additional trips across the ferry.
Some of the hiking trails are wooded while many areas leave you in the open sun for long stretches. You can easily make a day of it with some nice places to picnic and several locations where the trail meets the water.
We often feel isolated not passing a lot of people. We had a butterfly follow us down the path quite some ways, it was fascinating. If more of the trails were shaded, perhaps better marked, we'd have rated this a full Five Stars.

Monday, January 23, 2012

My wife and I hiked this trail in an afternoon, we were only rushed because we started late and had to catch the ferry back to our car. It was an easy hike, very pretty and quiet. We saw lots of wildlife, including deer and several species of birds.
I f you go, be sure to get there early so you can spend some time on the island. You have to take a free ferry over there, and must be back before the last one leaves the island.

nature trips
Friday, August 06, 2010

Great trail for a beginner! Not a lot of hills, saw a few birds, lizards, & snakes. Informative visitor center. Looking forward to going back & camping for a few days. Check out this link: http://www.floridastateparks.org/hontoonisland/activities.cfm#22

26 days ago

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