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CAMP WILDCAT Camp Wildcat is in Laurel County, Kentucky on Wildcat Mountain. Though the armies have long since disap- peared, many of their trenches remain as reminders of what happened on that October day. The battlefield looks much different from the etchings made in 1861. Most of it has been logged-over several times. A few trails lead to the faint outlines of old trenches that remain. The remoteness of location of this battle makes it unique, because you can still see these trenches. Battlefield sites located in gentler terrain were farmed over and devel- oped, destroying signs of the battle. THE BATTLE The Civil War lasted barely a month for Private Lewis McFerren of the Union Army. He died on the morning of October 21, 1861, less than 20 minutes into his first battle. He was one of 15 men listed as killed in the fight at Camp Wildcat, the first engagement of regular troops in Kentucky. Camp Wildcat wasn't one of the great battles of the Civil War. Yet, for the inexpe- Fairgrounds. Several individuals use the running tracks at both high schools to stay in shape. Speaking of staying in shape, Laurel County offers several facilities to do just that, from your traditional gyms to specialized gyms, which focus on boxing or Crossfit Both North Laurel and South Laurel High School and Middle School field competitive teams year-in and year-out in all the major sports if you are more of a spectator than participant. At halftimes of football games at South Laurel and North Laurel High School, two of the best bands in the state perform. South Laurel won the state title last year. Also, the elementary schools play basketball, and Laurel County has two Little League facilities (South Lon- don and North Laurel), plus the Laurel-London Optimist Club provides youngsters the chance to play basketball, soccer, football, volleyball and cheerleading. So if you are looking for a place to get your recreation fix, you’ve come to the righ place. Check out the events section for London/Laurel County for more information on the Wildcat Reenactment hosted at the site each October. rienced soldiers who faced fire for the first time it might as well have been Gettysburg. THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY The site is undeveloped and remote, reached by a narrow gravel road. The site has a pavilion with interpretive signs, park- ing area and trails. HOW TO GET THERE: NORTH-SOUTH: Take Exit 49 off I-75. If you are traveling southbound, turn left off the exit and go over the interstate. If you are traveling northbound, turn right off the exit. Turn right (south) onto U.S. 25 and travel 0.7 miles. Turn left onto Hazel Patch Road and follow the signs directing you to Camp Wildcat. *information courtesy of Camp Wildcat Preservation Foundation LEVI JACKSON WILDERNESS ROAD STATE PARK Page 56 — The Times-Tribune • Community Guide 2019 Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park at 998 Levi Jackson Mill Road in London combines the beauty of a rolling, wooded hills park with a his- toric site that honors the pioneers who braved the perils of the wilder- ness to settle Kentucky. The Mountain Life Museum, a park attrac- tion that brings visitors into a pio- neer settlement, is open Friday and Saturday. Buildings in the settlement were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park. All buildings are filled with lots of pioneer relics including tools, products of agricul- ture and household implements. The museum consists of seven buildings – an excellent attraction to visitors of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park. The park also features McHargue's Mill, camping, basketball courts, horseshoes, miniature golf, an out- door theater, picnicking, a swim- ming pool and volleyball courts. TREE TOP ADVENTURE The Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is an aerial adventure park, featuring 60 elements of adventure in the tree tops. Courses include ziplines, rope bridges, suspended tunnels and many more challenges. CONTACT: Website: parks.ky.gov/parks/recre- ationparks/levi-jackson/ Phone: 606-330-2130