Explore the Schmeeckle Reserve in a whole new light as trails are illuminated by torches during the annual Candlelight Hike Festival in the Stevens Point Area. Held in the spring and fall this popular event is packed with family-friendly programs, delicious snacks, hands-on activities, and more! Never been or aren't sure what to expect? We've got you covered with our guide to the Candlelight Hike Festival at the Schmeeckle Reserve, featuring details to help plan your visit.Header photo from @bentilberg
The Candlelight Hike Festival
What is the Candlelight Hike Festival?Top
Winding through Schmeeckle Reserve, the Candlelight Hike Festival lights up the night with three trail loops illuminated by jack-o-lanterns and torches. But, the fun doesn't stop there. Immerse yourself in live character events, interact with real raptors, and get hands-on with craft and education stations. Looking for even more? Explore the Schmeeckle Reserve Gift Shop (formerly the Browse Shop) or warm up with hot cocoa next to the campfire.
Photo courtesy of Schmeeckle Reserve
What is the Schmeeckle Reserve?Top
The Schmeeckle (/sh-meek-ly/) Reserve is located on the UW-Stevens Point campus and has a total of 5-miles of trails lying on about 280 acres of land. Find well-kept trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing as well as a small inlet lake perfect for paddling and fishing. Need some gear? The Schmeeckle Reserve also offers rentals on-site.
Photo from Bob Mosier
What to Know Before You GoTop
When Is The Festival?
The Fall Candlelight Hike Festival will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm and go on until 9:00 pm with interactive programs throughout the night.
What Should You Bring?
Help support events like this with a $4 donation per person. Refreshments will also be available for purchase on the grounds (in the Visitor Center and along the trail) during the festival.
🚰 Water Bottle
Consider carrying a refillable water bottle with your for the festival. Water refill stations and restrooms are available in the Visitor Center and near the main Visitor Center parking lot.
Leave Fido at Home
While we're sure your furry friend would love to tag along, pets are NOT ALLOWED in the Reserve - with an exception only for working service animals.
Where Do You Park?
While you can bike or walk to the Candlelight Hike, you'll find street parking on Maria Drive, North Point Drive, and Michigan Avenue with limited space in the Schmeeckle Visitor Center parking lot.
Map of Schmeeckle Reserve
Learn all the details to join the fun on the Schmeeckle Reserve website, and find more volunteer opportunities at the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve. In the meantime, check out more Stevens Point Area events. Then, join the fun and be sure to tag @StevensPointArea and use #StevensPointArea on your Instagram photos for a chance to be featured!