Wilderness Road State Park

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Wilderness Road State Park

Virginia

(276) 445-3065

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Things To Do

Overview

Purchased in 1993, Wilderness Road State Park is one of four new state parks being developed. The park is approximately 310 acres that sit astride the "Wilderness Road," which was carved by Daniel Boone in 1775 to open America's first western frontier. Presently the park has picnic areas, gravel parking lots and portable comfort facilities. Within the park is the beautiful 1870s Karlan Mansion. The mansion is unfurnished but available for rent for special events. Bikes can be rented to ride the Wilderness Road trail that passes through the park. The park also has a self-guided hiking trail along with interpretive and environmental educational programs. Snacks and other merchandise are available seasonally at the Wilderness Road Outpost, located in the park next to the Wilderness Road Trail.

Map of Wilderness Road (VA)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.633168, -83.527348

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bikes can be rented for a ride on the wilderness trail.

  • Camping

    The park offers primitive group camping for groups of up to 50. Campers must bring drinking water; portable toilets are available, showers are not. Reservations can be made at the visitor center. (Camping is also available six miles away at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro, Ky.)

  • Hiking

    Wilderness Road Trail, a 10-mile hiking, biking and equestrian trail. Indian Ridge Trail, a self-guided, natural heritage trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Bring your own horse.

  • Picnicking

    Amenities: Shelters have grills, picnic tables, water, electricity, horseshoe pits and nearby parking. Restrooms, playground equipment and a volleyball court are also nearby.

    Shelter 1: Seats 48 under shelter; can accommodate more in surrounding picnic area, but those tables are not included in the reservation of the shelter. It has a water spigot and two electrical outlets.

    Shelter 2: Seats 48 under shelter; can accommodate more in surrounding picnic area, but those tables are not included in the reservation of the shelter. It has a water spigot and two electrical outlets.

    Shelter 3: Seats 60 under shelter; can accommodate more in surrounding picnic area, but those tables are not included in the reservation of the shelter. There's a built-in fireplace, a water spigot and two electrical outlets.

Seasonality/Weather

Memorial Day through Labor Day, the center's hours are from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. It's open 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. the rest of the year.

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Directions

Driving

At the intersection of Routes 58 and 923, five miles west of Ewing, Va., and six miles east of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro, Ky. rom Interstate 75 (Kentucky): Take exit 29 (Corbin, Ky.) and head south on U.S. 25 toward Middlesboro, Ky., for about 50 miles. Take first exit after passing through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel onto U.S. 58 (toward Jonesville, Va.). Wilderness Road State Park is about 8 miles ahead on the left (Martin's Station Trail) across from Elydale Elementary School.

From Interstate 40 (Knoxville, Tenn.): Take exit 6 (Old Broadway) heading north on U.S. 441, which merges with Maynardville Highway (TN 33) near Halls Crossroads. Continue north on TN 33 about 25 miles to Tazewell, Tenn. Merge north onto U.S. 25E for about 10 miles to Harrogate, Tenn. Exit right onto U.S. 58 (toward Jonesville, Va.). Wilderness Road State Park is about 8 miles ahead on the left (Martin's Station Trail) across from Elydale Elementary School.

From Interstate 81 (Bristol, Tenn.-Va.): Take Exit 74B south onto U.S. 11W (towards Kingsport, Tenn.). Go about 20 miles on U.S. 11W (Stone Drive). Exit right onto U.S. 23 north toward Gate City, Va. Go about 25 miles to Duffield, Va. At traffic light, turn left onto U.S. 58 and continue for about 40 miles. Wilderness Road State Park is on the right (Martin's Station Trail) across from Elydale Elementary.

From Interstate 40 (Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn.): Travel east on I-40 about 15 miles. Take exit 421 onto Interstate 81 and head north. Go about 8 miles, then take exit 8 (Morristown, White Pine) north onto U.S. 25 and continue for about 40 miles until you reach Tazewell, Tenn. Stay on U.S. 25E another 10 miles to Harrogate, Tenn. Exit right onto U.S. 58 (toward Jonesville, Va.). Wilderness Road State Park is about 8 miles on the left (Martin's Station Trail) across from Elydale Elementary School.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(276) 445-3065

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