An island in the St. Johns River, Hontoon Island State Park is accessible to boaters thanks to a marina big enough to accommodate a houseboat and to everyday visitors by a free ferryboat. It’s worth the short trip to see the bounteous wildlife of the St. Johns River, from wading birds to manatees to turtles lying in the sun.
Get outdoors! in Deltona
Explore the cypress-lined shore of Lake Ashby on a gentle trail system consisting of a boardwalk and easy pathways beneath deep shade along the lakeshore.
For a quick dip into the beauty of the St. Johns River floodplain, the 1.5-mile Kratzert Trail offers a walk beneath ancient oaks and cabbage palms of enormous size
Florida’s best place to see a Florida scrub-jay up close is Lyonia Preserve, with 2.2 miles of loops through the highest ground in Volusia County.
The 2.2 mile White Trail at Palm Bluff Conservation Area near Deltona provides a sampling of habitats found in the sweep of landscapes in this 3,321 acre preserve.
Volusia County’s East Central Regional Rail Trail, or ECRRT, runs east towards the coast from Green Springs Park. This segment ended at Osteen when I biked it, but has been extended since.
We launched a new full-color edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida at the National Trails Festival in Deland the first weekend of October. Take a peek inside.
A 3.3-mile loop that leads you into a panoramic landscape of pine savanna, the Yellow Loop at Wiregrass Prairie Preserve is the shortest and most easily accessed of the three trails at the preserve.