We drove about 20 minutes from Blue Spring to another state park on Hontoon Island. It’s the only free state park in Florida and can only be accessed by boat!
We hiked a 3-mile trail there and crossed paths with 2 armadillos (an invasive species here … but that didn’t make them any less fun to watch!), heard an owl, was glared at by a Southern Black Racer snake and walked around on an ancient Timucan Indian shell mound. Wading birds such as the limpkin and sandhill crane entertained us at the boat dock.