Great Parks Offering Two Night Hikes on Halloween Weekend

Who doesn't want to trek through the darkness in a Hamilton County park?

click to enlarge Sharon Woods' Buckeye Falls - Photo: Madeleine Meeks
Photo: Madeleine Meeks
Sharon Woods' Buckeye Falls

Great Parks is offering two (not-so) spooky Halloween night hikes in October.

On Oct. 29, specially planned evening hikes will be held at both Farbach-Werner Preserve and Sharon Woods. Each hike will offer their own unique experiences.

At Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 100 jack o’lanterns will light the path 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a self-guided, family-friendly hike through the preserve. According to a press release, Great Parks staff and volunteers will carve the pumpkins earlier in the day so they’ll be fresh and ready to show off on the hike. At the end of their trek through the preserve, hikers will be greeted with a campfire and fireside activities. At 8 p.m., drawings will be held for each hiker to take home one of the specially carved pumpkins. The Night Pumpkin Hike is $5 per person, plus $3 to enter the pumpkin drawing.

Sharon Woods will host its own night hike. Hikers can start their self-guided journey at 6 p.m. beginning at the Nature Center. Along the way, park guests will find natural, nocturnal animals. The Sharon Woods hike is free.

Both of the Halloween night hikes are planned for Oct. 29 and require guests to bring their own flashlights.  Both parks require the purchase of an annual or daily Great Parks motor vehicle permit, which are $16/$8 respectively. More information on both night hikes can be found at

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