Enchanted Forest

Join Merry Lea this fall for an “enchanted” night hike! Trail guides
will lead groups by lantern-light to meet real “live” animals on our trails. These friendly creatures will tell you about their diets, habits and favorite places. Our costumed staff and volunteers will answer questions about life as a native Indiana animal.

Hikes are one hour long, about every 25 minutes. While you wait for a guide outside, enjoy music, and snacks and end the evening sipping hot cocoa around a campfire. This family-friendly evening is a great alternative to Halloween events too scary for young children.  

Safety Guidelines

We have implemented several protocols to protect everyone’s health during this event.

  • Masks are required for all participants over age 2 at all times.
  • All activities will be happening outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather.
  • Guests, staff and volunteers will maintain 6 feet of physical distance when possible.

When: Friday, October 22 & Saturday, October 23  |  7 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $3.50 per person. Ages 2 & under are free.
Location: Merry Lea Farmstead | 2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701

Enchanted Forest – FAQ


Where is the Enchanted Forest?

The Enchanted Forest occurs at the Farmstead site of Merry Lea, located at 2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701. This is the address for a GPS unit or car navigation device. View a map or directions to the Farmstead. 

Do I need to register or make a reservation?

No, registration is not required for the Enchanted Forest. Tickets are sold at the door each night of the event.

May I pay with a credit/debit card?

Yes, we can process credit and debit card payments. We also accept cash or personal checks with a driver’s license.

Do I need a ticket for my baby?

Children age 2 and younger do not need a ticket and are admitted free of charge with a parent or guardian. All other guests will be charged $3.50.

Is there a fee for parking?

No, we do not charge for parking. Guests are welcome to park in the gravel parking lots around the Farmstead site. Please avoid parking on the grass.

Do I need to arrive by 7 p.m. to participate?

No, guided hikes will be available throughout the evening, leaving every 20 to 30 minutes. The hike is about 1 hour in length. Guests may enjoy snacks and music while waiting.

Do children wear costumes or dress up?

Children may wear costumes to the Enchanted Forest; however, this is not an expectation for our guests. Please no scary costumes. Keep in mind the event is designed to be a fun, family night hike.

May I bring a flashlight?

Flashlights are welcome for use around the buildings and in the parking lots. Each trail leader will have a lantern to light the way and we recommend not using your flashlight on the guided hike to maximize your night hiking experience. However, if you choose to use your flashlight on the hike, please be respectful and only shine it on the ground in front of you.

May I bring a stroller?

If you choose to bring a stroller, we recommend a “jogging stroller” or a similar kind of stroller with large wheels. The trails are not paved and may be uneven. Most of the trails are covered with grass or gravel.