Thank you for visiting the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park!

...dedicated to the continuing growth and development of Wilderness Road State Park.

Welcome to Friends of Wilderness Road

The Friends of Wilderness Road State Park is a non-profit organization of private citizens, businesses, civic groups and students, all of whom are dedicated to the continuing growth and development of Wilderness Road State Park. We provide assistance to the park and its staff by supplying funds, materials and labor for park projects, including development of park facilities, programs and special events. We seek funding from state and local government, and we accept contributions from foundations, businesses and individuals.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Sept 18-19 & 25-26: Candlelight Ghost Tour & Haunted Dinner

Event is SOLD OUT. Please keep check with the park for future events like this. You are invited to tour the hallowed grounds of Wilderness Road State Park. Visitors will experience a candlelit tour with chilling ghost stories based on actual historical events. Retrace the steps of lost souls on the Wilderness Road, visit Uncle Jack's barn and feel the hair on your neck rise in anticipation as you enter the Karlan Mansion for a haunted dinner experience you won't forget. Advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $10 per person.

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October 10: Wilderness Road Heritage Festival

Celebrate Southwest Virginia's unique heritage. This festival features handmade Appalachian crafts and those who crafted them. They fill the lawn of the Karlan Mansion as bluegrass music dances in the air. New this year is the annual Wilderness Road Chili Cook-off. The always popular Children's Festival offers young ones games, bounce houses and other entertainment. The sweet smell of home cooking by vendors will tickle your taste buds and make your visit pleasurable. Fun begins at 10 a.m. and admission is $10 per vehicle.

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October 30-31: Pumpkins in the Park

Local folklore comes to life with breath-taking live-action scenes combined with hair-raising props that create the ultimate Halloween atmosphere for the wildly popular Haunted Trail Hayride. This spine-tingling journey along a wooded trail highlights Pumpkins in the Park, featuring dramatic and spooky scenes, along with surprises sure to elicit screams of delight. Be prepared - you will be scared. More than 2,000 brave souls attend this spooky event every year. On Saturday, enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, costume contests and a community-based Trunk-or-Treat, where children enjoy an old-fashioned Halloween in a safe environment. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park. It's only $10 per vehicle.

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"I have been to the park for the Candlelight Ghost Tour and the Mystery Dinner Theatre. I just love these events, I wish they could have them once a month." - Ginger Sullivan

"I have watched this park grow so much over the past 10-12 years. I really enjoy the Heritage Festival and listening to all the Bluegrass bands. And the Wilderness Road Trail is perfect for walking and riding your bicycle." - Janice Lowe

"My kids love to stop by and see the Buffalo. It's so nice to have these facilities right here in our region. The kids love the playground and the Junior Rangers program. And the Indian Ridge Trail is a great location to see some of our area's prettiest wildflowers." - Melissa Jackson