...dedicated to the continuing growth and development of Wilderness Road State Park.
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.
This event is now SOLD OUT. Please contact the park about furute 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 raise 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.
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. Admission is $10 per vehicle.
A three-night Halloween event featuring kids activities, costume contests, storytelling and Community Trunk-or-Treat on the first night. Then on Friday night and Saturday night, brave the Haunted Trail Hayride, a spine-tingling journey along a wooded trail featuring dramatic and spooky scenes, along with surprises sure to elicit screams of delight. Be prepared - you will be scared. Admission is just $2 per vehicle on Kids night, and just $10 per vehicle on Hayride nights.
"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