By Portia Williams
WEST PORTSMOUTH — October is an eventful month for Shawnee State Parks. Among the family oriented adventures are Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Day, Halloween Campout, Fall Hike, Un-haunted forest events.
Jenny Richards, Shawnee Naturalist said the park’s calendar is full of activities that participants are sure to enjoy.
“Cool fall weather and wonderful color is upon us. We are gearing up for our October events we know so many of you enjoy,” Richards said. “We always have lots of fun surrounded by wonderful scenery, fresh air and wildlife.”
Smokey Bear Weekend – Saturday, Oct. 3
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tie dye your own t-shirt. Shirts of all sizes available for $5 in Campstore. Meet a fireman and explore a fire truck, and Smokey Bear. There will also be critters and face painting.
Halloween Campout – Friday, Oct. 09
Freaky Friday, all activities meet at the Amphitheater
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Free Putt Putt
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Kids craft
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Free Hayrides through the Campground to check out the Halloween glow 8 Take a short walk into the night with Jenny. Meet at the Nature Center.
Spooky Saturday, Oct. 10
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Visit the Nature Center
12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Vote for Your Favorite Carved or Decorated Pumpkin. One penny per vote. All Pumpkins Must be delivered to amphitheater by 1 p.m.
12 Be sure to see the Halloween Prize Tree
3 p.m. – Judging of Campsite Decorations begins
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Trick or Treating in the Campground
Foot traffic only in Campground at this time
4:30 p.m. -Costume Contest (People and Pets) and Awards Ceremony
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Harvest Moon Costume Ball
Fall Hike – Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m. -11 a.m. – Lace up your boots and gather at the Nature Center around the campfire to visit with park staff, learn about the geology of the area and get a brief hike orientation. This moderate 5 mile hike through the park is sure to please the entire family.
Enjoy homemade biscuits & apple butter at the ½ way point on Turkey Creek Dam overlooking the lake.
1 p.m. – Friends of Shawnee State Park Inc. will provide Beans & Cornbread at the Amphitheater
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Hay-rides. Meet in the Campground
Last ride leaves at 3 p.m.
2 p.m. Raven Rock Hike
View the fall colors 500’ above the Ohio River. Enjoy the new improved trail with a gradual climb to the top. Sturdy footwear and drinking water recommended. Meet at the Amphitheater to caravan to the Preserve.
Un-Haunted Trail – Saturday, Oct. 24
6 p.m – 9 p.m. Arrive at Nature Center to sign up for a lantern lit guided tour into the forest to meet some interesting creatures of the night.
Richards said participants will have the opportunity to visit the Nature Center creepy crawly’s Make s’mores and listen to music around the campfire, as well as share the glorious wonder of the night with their family on this fun foray into the darkness.
For more information regarding the programs, call Shawnee State Park Office at 740-858-6652 and check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/shawneestatepark.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.