Belle Isle State Park will host some spooky programs in October.
Friday night hikes begin with “Creatures of the Night” on October 7. Attendees will learn about the many animals that live at Belle Isle and have a chance to test their night vision and other senses and compare them to nocturnal animals. “Going Batty” on October 14 will feature information about several Northern Neck bat species, some bat games, and a hike to see some bats. “Owl Prowl” on October 21 will explore the myths and facts about Northern Neck owls and instruction about how to call owls. The programs take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center. The costs for the night hikes are $3 per person, with a maximum of $8 per household.
A family dissects an owl pellet during the "Owl Prowl" program
“Ghosts and Legends” canoe programs on October 15 and 22 will feature local ghost stories and tales about John Smith, the oyster wars, and the Civil War. An encounter with a “ghost” or two may take place during the trip. These programs take place from 1-3 p.m. and cost $5 per person, and include all equipment and a guide. Participants should meet at the Camp Store for their equipment. Space is limited.
Listen to ghost stories by canoe on the "Ghosts and Legends" trip
Drive Time: Northern Virginia: two hours;
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OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: Bel Air Overnight Area (Bel Air house and guest house) and camping. For information on availability of campsites, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can Click here for details on reservation and cancelation policies.