Hillsborough River State Park to become The Haunted Woods this October

inflatable light up dragon set up in a dark wooded area.

It’s HOT out, so we’re keeping cool by dreaming of autumn events. Hillsborough River State Park is a resplendent space to connect with nature. It’s also one of the most beautiful campgrounds, and glamping spots, in the state of Florida. This October, these enchanted woods will become haunted. Haunted Woods, sponsored by the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, includes the Haunted Woods Trail and Costume Contests.

Food and refreshments will be available (cash only!) and music will fill the hopefully crisp fall air. There will be a costume contests both nights, and these contests are open to all ages.

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This event costs $10 for ages 13+, and children 12 and under can attend for free! All proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society. The spooky festivities will take place on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, and begins at 6pm both nights. You can see more on the Hillsborough River Preservation Society’s Facebook page.

Want to be a volunteer for this marvelous festivity? You can sign up through Hillsbrough River State Park online.

Hillsborough River State Park provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. From fishing in the Hillsborough River to hiking or biking on the trails or picnicking under pavilions built in the 1930s, there is something for everyone here. Besides enjoying a living history lesson, visitors can view Class II river rapids, which are rare in Florida, and canoe or kayak along the scenic Hillsborough River.  

Hillsborough River State Park, 15402 N. U.S. Highway 301 

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