2011-04-19 / Front Page

Horseback Trail Rides, Barnyard The Newest Additions To Hickory Hills Campground

Pygmy Goats, Rabbits, Chickens & A Pig Now Featured In Barnyard
by Michael Stanley Staff Writer


 Hickory Hills Campground stable hand Karen Phillips works to saddle a horse Tuesday morning near the site’s new barnyard. Phillips is solely in charge of the stables at Hickory Hills, where horseback riding was recently added as an attraction. (Staff Photo) Hickory Hills Campground stable hand Karen Phillips works to saddle a horse Tuesday morning near the site’s new barnyard. Phillips is solely in charge of the stables at Hickory Hills, where horseback riding was recently added as an attraction. (Staff Photo) With plenty of various outdoor activities available during warm weather in the area, Vickie Maxey hopes Owen County visitors will be drawn to mix some saddle with their paddle.

Maxey’s Hickory Hills Campground, located north of Spencer at 499 Dixie Hill Road, off of South Cataract Road, recently added several steeds to its horse barn to add horse trail rides to the camping experience.

“We’ve had our own horses for several years and the campers enjoyed being around the horses and other animals, so we decided it would be a nice experience to share with the campers,” Maxey explained.

While the trails and stables were in place, Maxey said she didn’t have enough horses to meet the demand of campers.


Hickory Hills Campground owner/operator Vickie Maxey (left) and new stable hand Karen Phillips saddle up for a ride Tuesday morning. (Staff Photo) Hickory Hills Campground owner/operator Vickie Maxey (left) and new stable hand Karen Phillips saddle up for a ride Tuesday morning. (Staff Photo) “I decided to seek out a good candidate to sublet to, and Karen Phillips has an excellent background with horses,” Maxey said. “She’s got a great personality and is very safety-minded, which is important to me, so she’s running the operation under our umbrella.”

The grounds include two private fishing lakes (12- acre and seven-acre), boat rental, a camp store with laundry facilities, shelter pavilion with kitchen amenities, cabin rentals and playgrounds. Primitive camping is also available.

“We are definitely a destination apart, because we’re not really around anything else, so we’re trying to create enough activities that when someone comes out, they have a full weekend to spend,” Maxey explained. “With the canoeing operation and the horseback riding, they compliment each other well.”

A combination rate of $50 is good for a canoe trip and horseback riding.

The campground is also adding a petting barnyard next to the stables.

“The kids can come out and actually go into the barnyard and interact with the animals,” Maxey noted. “We have pygmy goats, chickens, rabbits and a little pot-bellied pig, so they should have fun playing with the animals.”

For more information, contact Hickory Hills Campground by calling 765-795-6079 or visit: www.hickoryhillscamp.com. Closed on Monday, office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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