Hontoon Island State Park Indian Mound Nature Trail

DeLand, Florida

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Hontoon may not be Robinson Crusoe’s island, but in the mushrooming central Florida region, it’s the next best thing. Hontoon Island has no land access—visitors arrive by boat. The Park Service provides free ferry service, every fifteen minutes, across the narrow river channel separating the 1,650-acre park from the mainland. Just stand on the dock to attract the boatman’s attention. The ferry, which runs from 8:00 a.m. until one hour before sunset, is large enough to carry just people, no cars. The only motorized vehicles on the island belong to park personnel. The island’s featured hike, the Indian Mound Nature Trail, leads to a huge Indian shell midden made from tiny snail shells, left by generations of Timucuan Indians, who hunted and fished here for perhaps as long as 3,000 years.

Hontoon Island State Park: Indian Mound Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Hontoon may not be Robinson Crusoe’s island, but in the mushrooming central Florida region, it’s the next best thing. Hontoon Island has no land access—visitors arrive by boat. The Park Service provides free ferry service, every fifteen minutes, across the narrow river channel separating the 1,650-acre park from the mainland. Just stand on the dock to attract the boatman’s attention. The ferry, which runs from 8:00 a.m. until one hour before sunset, is large enough to carry just people, no cars. The only motorized vehicles on the island belong to park personnel.

The island’s featured hike, the Indian Mound Nature Trail, leads to a huge Indian shell midden made from tiny snail shells, left by generations of Timucuan Indians, who hunted and fished here for perhaps as long as 3,000 years."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: DeLand
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Hontoon Island State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Hontoon Island State Park: Indian Mound Nature Trail

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