EWING, Va. — Wilderness Road State Park has a full slate of programs and events scheduled for the month of June, highlighted by the Boone Trace Dedication honoring Daniel Boone and those that followed his footsteps. Whether you’re a history buff, love nature, or are simply looking for fun entertainment, Wilderness Road State Park has something for everyone!
Life at Martin’s Station
Throughout the month of June, Historic Martin’s Station will bring the 18th century Virginia frontier to life with daily interpretation and demonstrations. Join the men and women of Martin’s Station as they demonstrate blacksmithing, gunsmithing, hide-tanning, 18th century gardening, open hearth cooking and other activities you may have witnessed while traveling the Wilderness Road in 1775. The fort is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays).
Boone’s Trace Dedication
In honor of Daniel Boone and those who followed his footsteps westward, Wilderness Road State Park, in partnership with the Boone Society and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, will host this two-day educational event Friday and Saturday. Join the men and women of Martin’s Station as they prepare for a journey westward into Kentucky in the footsteps of Daniel Boone. Special program presentations on Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
National Get Outdoors Day: Outdoor Skills
In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day, this ranger led program will focus on Outdoor Skills such as first aid and suggestions for a safety kit that would include band-aids, alcohol swabs, etc. Another aspect to be discussed is surviving in the wilderness with basic everyday items. The program begins at 2 p.m. on June 14.
Foraging for Food
This ranger-led hike will focus on edible berries, plants and mushrooms. The hike begins at 7 p.m. on June 14. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Discover the fascinating world of butterflies during this ranger-led hike. Learn unique facts and get an up-close look at these painted insects. Hike begins at 11 a.m. on June 17.
The Life Cycle of the Butterfly
Take an in depth look at one of life’s most beautiful creatures, the butterfly. Their life cycles and migration will be revealed during this unique program slated for 3 p.m. on June 17.
This ranger-led hike will provide detailed information about the Wilderness Road Trail’s former life as a railroad bed. Program begins at 11 a.m. on June 20.
Wilderness Road State Park and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park offer several miles of trails for hikers to enjoy. And while they both offer plentiful opportunities to enjoy nature’s beauty, they also pose a threat to the untrained hiker. This program, set for 3 p.m. on June 20, will take an in depth look at some of the poisonous plants and animals that may be found along wooded trails.
A fun crafting program where participants can make their very own coasters using a variety of leaves will begin at 1 p.m. on June 21.
Medicinal and Edible Plants
This ranger-led hike will focus on the various plants in our area that offer edible and medicinal properties. The program begins at 5 p.m. on June 21.
Music in the Park
The park will host the bluegrass band Crossroads for the first ever Music in the Park event at the park amphitheater. The music begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Bring a lounge chair or blanket.
To Catch a Spark
Fire is essential to life. The search for the knowledge to create fire has occurred continuously throughout history. Join us to learn about the tools and techniques our frontier forefathers used to catch a spark and create fire. Special program presentations will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 28 and 29.
Great American backyard Campout
Camping is a great way to get outdoors and experience nature. This program on June 28 will give you all the camping 101 basics you need for a safe night of camping. Some examples include what clothes to wear and how to protect your food from bears. At 8:30 p.m., a special night hike will feature campsites past to present with a visit to an 18th century campsite to compare and contrast with modern camping styles.
In addition to these programs, the park offers an ADA handicap accessible playground, a nature playscape, picnic shelters, hiking trails and more. The park’s visitor center houses guest information, a gift shop, frontier museum and a state-of-the-art theatre that showcases the film, Wilderness Road: Spirit of a Nation.
For more information, please contact the park office at 276-445-3065 or visit the park’s official website at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/wilderness-road.shtml. You can also visit the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park official website: www.friendsofwildernessroad.org or Martin’s Station’s website at www.historicmartinsstation.com.
Wilderness Road State Park is open 8 a.m. to dusk each day. The park office and visitor center is open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.