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Hillsborough River State Park transforms into The Haunted Woods this October

an arrangement of lit up Halloween decorations set up in the woods
Photo via Hillsborough River Preservation Society/FB

It’s time to explore the enchanted woods Legend of Zelda-style. Our own 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. On October 20 and 21, from 6pm-10pm both evenings, these dreamy 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. Organizers have also crafted a magical, kid-friendly trail for some not so spooky fun.


Event costs:

  • Ages 13 and up: $10
  • Ages 6-12: $5
  • Under 6: free
A fake cemetery set up in the woods during the day. A haunted trail is visible in the background
Photo via Hillsborough River State Park

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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