The Forever Wild Wehle Trail System

The Forever Wild Wehle Tract consists of 1,500 acres of rolling hill country in Bullock and Barbour County, AL and is home to the Forever Wild Wehle Trail System and the Wehle Nature Center. The trail system has options for both hikers and horseback riders. There are three trails, which are part of the Forever Wild Wehle Trail System, that extend away from the Nature Center, taking hikers on short, medium, and long treks through different habitats. These trails are augmented with interpretive stations highlighting the unique characteristics of many local plants and animals. All trails around the Nature Center are less than half a mile in length. Additional trail opportunities include horseback riding trails. For the horseback riding enthusiast, the Forever Wild Wehle Trail System offers 12.6 miles of trail that carry the rider through open pine grasslands and mature hardwood bottomlands. Paddocks and watering stations for horses are available at the trailhead. Hikers are welcome to travel the horseback trails as well. The Wehle Tract is typically open the first and third weekend of each month, unless the weekend is near a major holiday, providing opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, bird watching and horseback riding. The Wehle Tract is closed the months of August, December, and January. For detailed hours and dates of scheduled events or open camping/fishing/trail days click the following link for the Wehle Schedule http://www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/stateLands/WNC/RWNC_schedule.pdf. For questions about the schedule or activities call (334)242-3484.

photo: The Pine Grove Type: Equestrian Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 12.60 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Camping
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency:
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Located on the Forever Wild Wehle Tract next to the Barbour County Wildlife Management Area.
States: Alabama
Counties: Bullock, Barbour
Latitude: 32.03215   Longitude: -85.45632

From Union Springs, AL: Take US-82 E 12 miles towards Midway, AL. Vere right onto Highway 51 and follow for 0.6 miles. Turn Left onto County Road 47. Follow County Road 47 for 4.8 miles. The entrance gate will be on your right.

Description

The Forever Wild Wehle Tract consists of 1,500 acres of rolling hill country in Bullock and Barbour County, AL. The tract was once owned by Mr. Robert Wehle whose dream was to see that the property be protected by the Alabama Forever Wild Program and that the land be used for educating people about Alabama's need for conservation. The Wehles generously funded the construction of the ROBERT G. WEHLE NATURE CENTER on land they deeded to the State Lands Division. This center was opened to the public for use for education and enjoyment. There are three trails, which are part of the Forever Wild Wehle Trail System, that extend away from the Center, taking hikers on short, medium, and long treks through different habitats. These trails are augmented with interpretive stations highlighting the unique characteristics of many local plants and animals. The Nature Center can also be reserved for meetings, school field trips, and approved special events by appointment through the State Lands Division. (334) 242-3484

After opening the property to the public, roughly one third of it was added to the Barbour County Wildlife Management Area to increase acreage available for public hunting. The other 2/3rds of the property are used for natural science education and non-consumptive recreational activities such as nature study, photography, hiking, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding and general field related activities.

Additional trail opportunities include horseback riding trails. For the horseback riding enthusiast, the Forever Wild Wehle Trail System offers 12.6 miles of trail that carry the rider through open pine grasslands and mature hardwood bottomlands. Paddocks and watering stations for horses are available at the trailhead.

The Wehle Tract is typically open the first and third weekend of each month, unless the weekend is near a major holiday, providing opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, bird watching and horseback riding. The Wehle Tract is closed the months of August, December, and January. RV water and electrical hook ups are available on a first come first serve basis.

For detailed hours and dates of scheduled events or open camping/fishing/trail days, visit http://www.alabamaforeverwild.com/wehle-tract. For questions about the schedule or activities call (334)242-3484.

For more information about Alabama Forever Wild Program visit the program web site at, www.alabamaforeverwild.com.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: Concrete
Crushed Rock
Gravel
Sand
Soil
Water, moving

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 350
Elevation High Point: 400
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: Nature Center Walking Trails Map
Website: The Forever Wild Wehle Tract
Website: Wehle Schedule
Website: Heritage Day and Spring Festival Schedule

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Eric Soehren
Manager/Ecologist
AL Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
4819 Pleasant Hill Road
Midway , AL 36053
(334) 529-3003
eric.soehren@dcnr.alabama.gov
http://www.outdooralabama.com

 

Photos

Eastern Screech Owl in a Wood Duck box

Eastern Screech Owl in a Wood Duck box

Horse Paddocks

Horse Paddocks

 

Canoeing and Fishing at Blue Heron Lake

Canoeing and Fishing at Blue Heron Lake

The Wehle Nature Center

The Wehle Nature Center

 

Horse Trail Signage

Horse Trail Signage

Horseback Riders passing by the lake

Horseback Riders passing by the lake

 

Racoon washing its hands

Racoon washing its hands

Boats on the shore of Blue Heron Lake

Boats on the shore of Blue Heron Lake

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