2309 River Ridge Rd, DeLand Florida 32720
This 1,650-acre island has served as home to an extinct civilization, a center for commercial fishing, and a cattle ranch in times past; today it is a paradise for fishing, camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, and nature study.
The park, accessible only by boat or ferry service only, features a 3-mile self-guided trail which begins at the ranger station and follows Huntoon Dead River to the large Indian mound at the southwest corner of the island, as well as 5 miles of service roads which are ideal for bicycling. Ferry service to/from the island is available until 1 hour before sundown only.
A bird's-eye view of the island can be enjoyed from an 80-ft observation tower located near the picnic area; playground equipment and a restroom area can also be found in the picnic area. Fishing is permitted from the island's banks, or canoes may be rented at the park; camping facilities ranging from tent campsites to cabin rentals are available.
Other Florida State Parks nearby:
(Ormond Beach) Bulow Creek State Park
(Bunnell) Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic Site
(DeLeon Springs) De Leon Springs State Recreation Area
(DeLand) Hontoon Island State Park
05/18 Coming to The DeLand area
Florida Old Time Music Championship Dade City FL April5-6 FOTMC celebrates Old Time Music in Florida, encompassing musical styles ranging from child ballads to southern dance music of old time string bands. Contests in many old time acoustic instruments, String Band and Old Time Singing contests.
Catfish Festival Crescent City FL April5-6 Since April 1978, the Rotary Club of Crescent City has held its annual 'Catfish Festival the first Saturday of April at Crescent City's Eva Lyon's Park. This massive volunteer effort has one significant purpose: raising money for college/vocational school scholarships for the high school children in our community. After costs are paid, every dollar generated is used for scholarships.
Santa Fe Comm College Spring Arts Festival Gainesville FL April6-7 The festival is one of the three largest annual events in Gainesville and is known for its high quality, unique artwork. It is held in the downtown historic district, nestled amid restored turn-of-the century homes, stately palms and abundant azaleas. More than 130,000 visitors are anticipated each year.
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival Jacksonville Beach FL April5-7 Springing The Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America's indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. The three-day oceanfront event features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family.
New Smyrna Beach Balloon and Sky Fest New Smyrna Beach FL April5-7 New Smyrna Beach Balloon and Sky Fest features world class air shows .....day and night! As well as amazing live music on stage and all of the fun in the Entertainment Theater
Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show Brooksville FL April5-13 Week long celebration of the county, entertainment, food, fair rides, livestock and agriculture competitions, demolition derby.