Friday Finds: Hontoon Island State Park, FL

Today's featured "Find" is another unique Florida State Park:
Hontoon Island S.P.  
It's north of Orlando and West of Highway 17.  If you were driving to Disney World and were interested in stopping a couple nights to stay in a cabin, picnic or hike, it would make a pretty stop-over & admission is free!
My purpose for these State Park features is to acquaint myself with my own state's many State Parks. I peruse the road atlas and randomly pick one out. Since so many people travel to Disney World, I thought I'd look at what's close to Orlando. So that's how Hontoon Island came to be chosen!

Hontoon Island State Park as seen from the ferry dock:

Hontoon Island State Park is a 1650 acre island on the St. Johns River.  In the 1500's, Spanish Conquistadors built a series of missions throughout Florida and one was reputed to have been on this island. The property was acquired by a soldier after the 2nd Seminole War, who homesteaded there.

Park Ferry

Getting there
Take the Park Ferry or you own boat. The Park has no admission fees, so it's free to visit, picnic or hike!

Camping/Lodging Facilities: 
Tent Camping: 12 primitive sites, each with a picnic table, a water spigot & a ground grill. No electricity.
Rustic Cabins: that means just basics: bunks, one ceiling light, one ceiling fan, one electric outlet, a screened-in porch, picnic table & ground grill  cook on. Showers & restrooms are in a separate building central to all cabins. It would be sort of like camping in a cabin. 
Cheap rate, though. Two nights minimum stay. 

Activities & Special Features: 
* A 3 mile self-guided nature hiking trail
* A Museum of local history & the park
* A brand new playground facility for kids
* Fishing
* Picnicking
* Pets on leashes are welcome
*All Florida State parks have a photo contest  opportunity for shutter-bugs!

A pretty view of the day-use Picnic area:
Day Use Picnic Area

That's it for today! Since Monday is Memorial Day, next post will be Garden Pic Wednesday! Remember to pray for our troops!


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