Native Information: Hillview Fall Competition filled with actions, out of doors pleasure (10/5/22)


(Photo contributed) Trick or treating is welcomed by campers at Hillview Recreation on Saturday for the annual Friends Fall Festival & Halloween.

HINTON – Ghosts, vampires and an assortment of Marvel characters will be moving to the Hillview Recreation Area on Saturday, October 8th for the annual Friends Fall Festival & Halloween.

Friends Fall Festival & Halloween at Hillview Recreation Area, 25601 C-60, Hinton has been running since 2006 and only had snow for one year. No snow is forecast for this year and the Deer Ridge and Bur Oak campgrounds are full. Deer Ridge Campground is located on the north side of the park and is accessible from Wren Road. The Bur Oak campground is across from the Center for Outdoor Learning with access off the C-60.

The day’s events begin with a bake sale in the picnic shelter and a farmer’s market in the parking lot in front of the Outdoor Learning Center. Both take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. From 5 p.m. there will be a children’s carnival at the rest area.

“There will be bowling, skeetball, turkey knockdown and apple toss,” said Madalynn Hewitt, outreach coordinator.

Trick or treating through both campsites starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm. At the same time, a haunted house is open in the center for outdoor learning.

The event, which attracted 500 children last year, is being hosted by the Plymouth County Conservation Foundation, two 4-H clubs – Johnson Juniors and the Lucky Liberty Lopers – and friends and family.

Hewitt said her favorite part is “to see a bunch of people in the park is exciting.”

Parking is at the picnic area and along the main road off the C-60. There is also a gravel parking lot by the pond on the north side of the park near the Deer Ridge campground, along with an overflow area with mowed grass.

There are still ways to register for the farmers market or bake sale by calling the Center for Outdoor Learning at 712-947-4270.