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Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


Forever Wild Wehle Trail System - Alabama

The Forever Wild Wehle Tract consists of 1,500 acres of rolling hill country through open pine grasslands and mature hardwood bottomlands.


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Equestrian Trail on 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. 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.

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Canoes at blue Heron Lake


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 two-thirds 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. Canoes are also available to visitors on Blue Heron Lake by request. Hunting opportunities exist on the Barbour Wildlife Management Area portion of the tract.

The Wehle Tract is typically open the first and third weekend of each month, unless the weekend is near a major holiday. The Wehle Tract is closed the months of August, December, and January. The Wehle Land Conservation Center has 11 campsites with water and electrical hook ups are available on a first come, first served basis. Additional spaces are available with no power or water.


Directions and facilities:

From Montgomery, travel north on I-85. Take Exit 11 and turn right onto AL-110. Stay on AL-110 until it ends at US 82. Turn left onto US 82E and travel through Union Springs to Midway. Once in Midway, turn right onto AL-51 and take the first left onto Pleasant Hill Road and travel 5 miles to the main entrance.

From Eufaula, travel West on US 82. Turn left onto Barbour Co. Rd. 49 and follow the brown Nature Center signs to the Wehle Forever Wild Tract and to the Wehle Nature Center.

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Map of the Wehle Tract and trail system:


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