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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

July 6-10: Junior Rangers

Prepare for a week of fun with hands-on, educational and entertaining activities as we explore our region's natural resources. Participants will explore nature through fun and exciting programs with each day featuring a different natural theme. Other daily activities include arts and crafts. Pre-registration is required.

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Aug 8: Community Appreciation Day - Back to School Bash

In appreciation for the community's continued support, Wilderness Road State Park offers a full day of entertainment, including a Back-to-School bash with bounce houses, fire trucks, train rides, games and more! The day includes nature and historical activities, Karlan Mansion tours, a backyard BBQ contest and a free lunch. The event will also recognize the many volunteers who assist the park throughout the year. Admission is just $2 per vehicle.

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

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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"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