The island has pine flatwoods, palm and oak hammocks, bald cypress swamps, and marshes. Hontoon Island is surrounded by the St. Johns River, the Hontoon Dead River, and Snake Creek.
The island can be circumnavigated with a nine and a half-mile (14 km) day trip; Blue Spring State Park is a short paddle up the St. Johns (3.5 miles) one way. Amenities include canoe rentals, bike paths, eleven tent sites,and six rustic cabins.
The park is open from 8:00 am till one hour before sunset year-round.
boating, canoeing, kayaking, and overnight boat slip rentals
hiking, a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) nature trail
picnicking and playground equipment
nature viewing and photography
a lending library with picture books for children aged four to nine