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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

Saturday, August 5: 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, water slides, train rides, games and more. The day includes nature and historical activities, Karlan Mansion tours, a tractor show and a free lunch. The event will also recognize the many volunteers who assist the park throughout the year. Admission is two non-perishable food items (cans) per person, or a $1 per person donation that will all go to the local food bank. Event is 12 noon to 5 p.m..

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Sunday, August 6: Lunch for a Bear

What do our native black bears eat? The answer may surprise you. Come have fun identifying a bear's favorite treats by creating a plate of "bear food" to set the table for one of our most misunderstood creatures. Begins at 2 p.m.

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Sunday, August 13: Backpacking 101

Are you interested in making the transition from day hikes and car camping to backpacking but not sure where to begin? Perhaps you already do some backpacking but would like to "lighten the pack" a little. In this fun and educational workshop, our ranger will show you some gear needed to get started and how to use it. We will also discuss how to select your gear, tips for backcountry camping, and what to expect out on the trail. Program begins at 2 p.m.

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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