A path leads into the dark
Away from the world you know
The only way out is through
Dreadwood is a half mile hike through the woods of Wisconsin. The dirt path is dark and unpaved with occasional rocks, tree roots and washouts. The path travels uphill and downhill with many sections that are completely black. Patrons will tour Dreadwood with a guide in groups of 8-14 people depending your group size and number of customers in line. Groups must hold onto a rope for safety.
You must be physically fit enough to hike up and down a trail through the woods for about a half mile (approx. 25 min).
Pregnant women should use their own discretion on whether to hike the trail based on the descriptions above.
We cannot accommodate patrons on crutches due to the nature of the trail and the fact that all visitors must hang onto a rope.
Our trail through the woods is not wheelchair accessible.
Please secure valuables or leave them in your car. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Our characters will not grab you but they may bump into you or brush up against you.
All patrons must sign a waiver before entering Dreadwood Haunted Forest. Please view our waiver here: Dreadwood Haunted Forest Waiver ›
With radio mentions and articles being published about the good charity work we do during the Halloween season, wait times to enter the haunt are increasing. Once you enter our long narrow driveway, it is very difficult to turn around and leave. Please be prepared for the possibility of a long wait before coming to Dreadwood.
Wait times vary based on which weekend or day you choose, as well as the time you show up. Historically, Dreadwood gets busier later in the month, particularly on Saturdays.
First weekend: 0 to 45 minutes
Second weekend: 30 min to 2.5 hours
Third weekend: 1 hour to 3 hours
Fourth weekend: 1 hour to 3 hours
Please note that wait times could be longer this season due to this being Dreadwood's final season.
Due to the limited size of our parking lot, you may end up waiting in your car along our .75 mile long driveway before securing a parking space.
Once parked, proceed to our ticket line to sign a waiver, turn in a food donation for a discount, and purchase tickets.
Once tickets have been purchased, you will be directed to the line to enter the haunt.
All participants must sign a waiver.
Our attraction is intended for adults. Children under the age of 13 will not be admitted.
If you are pregnant, have a history of epileptic seizures, a heart condition or other serious medical condition, please do not enter.
You may encounter:
We encourage you to dress appropriately for a walk in the woods in late autumn. It may be cold, and the path will be dark and unpaved. We retain the right to refuse admittance if necessary for your safety.