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A haunted hike through Kane County's forest preserves

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  • Keith Hurley, 11, of Pingree Grove stares at a zombie at the Burden Acres Haunted Hike Friday in Elgin. The haunted hike is offered by Three Fires Council Boy Scouts.

       Keith Hurley, 11, of Pingree Grove stares at a zombie at the Burden Acres Haunted Hike Friday in Elgin. The haunted hike is offered by Three Fires Council Boy Scouts.
    Steve Berczynski | Staff Photographer

  • Amanda Rodriguez, 17, of Aurora, waits to scare guests during a haunted hike Friday in Elgin.

       Amanda Rodriguez, 17, of Aurora, waits to scare guests during a haunted hike Friday in Elgin.
    Steve Berczynski | Staff Photographer

  • Kelli Tidmore of Sycamore waits to scare guests during a haunted hike Friday in Elgin. The haunted hike is operated by Three Fires Council Boy Scouts.

       Kelli Tidmore of Sycamore waits to scare guests during a haunted hike Friday in Elgin. The haunted hike is operated by Three Fires Council Boy Scouts.
    Steve Berczynski | Staff Photographer

  • Jesse Rohloff, 19, of Elgin scares, from left, Michele Ruiz, 13, of Gilberts; Kaycee Cooper, 13, of Gilberts; and Amanda Groves, 13, of Algonquin during the Burden Acres Haunted Hike at Camp Big Timber in Elgin.

       Jesse Rohloff, 19, of Elgin scares, from left, Michele Ruiz, 13, of Gilberts; Kaycee Cooper, 13, of Gilberts; and Amanda Groves, 13, of Algonquin during the Burden Acres Haunted Hike at Camp Big Timber in Elgin.
    Steve Berczynski | Staff Photographer

 
Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts

Tucked away on a quiet country road in Elgin, "Burden Acres," home to a variety of Kane County's most bizarre and horrifying encounters, is known for its bone-chilling nocturnal activity.

Do you dare to take a terrifying milelong hike through the haunted forest in the dark?

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Test your courage when Boy Scouts of America, Three Fire Council, holds its annual Haunted Hike from 7 -- 11 p.m. Friday and 6:30 -- 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, at Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin.

"I'm really excited about the 2011 Haunted Hike," said Rich Dennis, exploring director and staff adviser. "We look forward to providing a quality event, and we encourage the public to join us for a frightfully good time."

Inside the trails of Camp Big Timber, which is updated every year, visitors will find new scenes, scares and sights.

For those who prefer sweet treats rather than spooky creeps, a kiddie hike is offered from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The hike is a lighter version of the haunted attraction. Kids can collect candy along the way.

The haunted hike records more than 5,000 attendees and Boy Scouts participating are ages 11 to 20.

The haunted hike was started in 1991 by Jaycees. Three Fires Council Boy Scouts, which serves youths in Kane, DuPage, Kendall, DeKalb and parts of Will and Cook counties, took over in 1996.

Admission for Burden Acres is $10. Scouts wearing uniform are admitted for $8. Admission for the kiddie hike is $6 for children; parents accompanying little ones are free. Food and drinks will be are available; parking is free.

For information, visit tfchauntedhike.org or call (630) 584-9250.

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