Hontoon Island State Park is lovely. Accessible only by boat, the Hontoon Island Ferry leaves regularly from the mainland and travels a short distance across the St. John’s River to deliver you to the State Park. The fee is nominal for all that is offered. There are great bike and walking trails, picnic and playground areas under shade trees on the river and fishing right from the banks. They have 40 boat slips with water and electric hookup available for day trippers or those that want to stay overnight in their boat. Accommodations include primitive tent sites and rustic cabins. Canoe rentals are available and there’s a visitor’s center that tells the Native American history of the area. We often take our boat there and park, eat a picnic lunch and have hiked the trails and enjoyed the playground area. Bird and wildlife watching is a wonderful pastime on the island and it’s easy to see Osprey, Bald Eagle, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron, egrets, alligators, and a variety of snakes, fish and turtles all in a short period of time. For day trippers or those wanting to stay for a few days, Hontoon Island is a peaceful and enjoyable place to be.
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