Wandering WY: Edness K. Wilkins State Park
Yesterday, I told you all about driving down the old Glenrock Highway and finding a small oasis of peace in Deer Creek Park. Well along the way I passed Edness K. Wilkins State Park. I had actually never been to this State Park before even though it's barely 6 miles outside of Casper. Of course, my bestie tagged along again and while she has been to Edness K before, she hadn't hiked the trails.
We spent hours hiking across the Wyoming sagebrush steppe and through the trees. Walking along the North Platte River we listened in awe as the birds serenaded us with their springtime song. Edness K is actually a pretty special spot for birders, as it right in the migratory path of many species. For that reason, the Audubon Society keeps a pretty close eye on this place.
Originally, the Park was the old Kimball Ranch which eventually became a gravel pit and finally the beautiful protected space it is today. One thing I found really cool was the broken down wagon at the entrance to the park before you fo through the gate. This wagon marks the intersection of several historic trails including the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express Route, the Mormon Handcart Trail, and the California Trail.
If you're looking for a day full of fun there are plenty of picnic areas here, horseshoe pits, volleyball, and even a swimming hole.
There is also great river access here in the park so you can fish or float to your heart's content.
This State Park is a day-use only area, so if you're looking for a place to camp you'll have to make arrangements back in Casper or further down the road in Glenrock. Otherwise, this is a very affordable place to explore at only $6 per local vehicle.
Is there a nature area near your home that you still haven't explored? What is holding you back? Have you ever visited Edness K. Wilkins State Park? What is your favorite summer afternoon activity?
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