The Wehle Forever Wild Trail System

The Wehle Forever Wild Tract consists of 1,500 acres of rolling hill country in Bullock and Barbour County, AL.

photo: The Pine Grove

Type: Equestrian Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 11.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

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

From Montgomery: Travel north on I-85. Take exit 15 to AL-110 towards Union Springs. 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 (south) onto AL-51, proceed ½ mile then turn left onto Pleasant Hill Road. Travel 4.8 miles to Wehle Land Conservation Center entrance or 3.5 miles to the Forever Wild trailhead.

From Eufaula: Travel west on US 82 for 16.7 miles. Turn left onto Barbour Co. Rd. 49. Travel 4.4 miles and turn right on Mt. Pleasant Rd. Travel 2.7 miles to Wehle Land Conservation Center entrance or 4.0 miles to the Forever Wild trailhead.

Coordinates:
WLCC gate: 32.03214, -85.45632
Forever Wild trailhead: 32.04599, -85.46914

Description

The Wehle Forever Wild Tract consists of 1,500 acres of rolling hill country in Bullock County, AL. The tract was originally owned by Mr. Robert Wehle who wanted to ensure his property would be preserved for future generations to enjoy. In 1994 he sold it to the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust program. Mr. Wehle generously negotiated the sale to Forever Wild at a discounted price of half the appraised value while retaining ownership of small inholdings that included his home and other buildings under a life estate agreement. After Mr. Wehle’s death in 2002, the remaining inholdings were transferred to the Alabama State Lands Division which subsequently established the Wehle Land Conservation Center in 2004 to facilitate outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation opportunities on the the former Wehle estate.

The trail system includes both horse and hiking trails. Three equestrian trails total 10.3 miles, while four hiking trails total 8.0 miles.

Horse trails are available to the public on select open weekends throughout the year. During the spring and fall months, camping is also available for horse riders with available horse barn and paddocks. Please see our website for open trail and camping dates.

Hikers have access to the trail system at our Forever Wild Trailhead seven days a week. There are two short loops that take visitors through upland pine stands which are rich in plant and animal life. There is also access to the more extensive Pines and Bottomland Cutt-off Trail which allow a much more extensive tour of the property. The trail surface on all hiking and horse trails are primarily grass-covered roads that traverse the property, but do include areas of dirt, with mud and standing water during times of wet weather.

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) 529-3003.

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
Water, still

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 350
Elevation High Point: 400
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Horse Paddocks
Document: Wehle Trail Map
Website: Wehle Land Conservation Center website

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.

Information Contact:
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.alabamaforeverwild.com/wehle-tract

 

Photos

Eastern Screech Owl in a Wood Duck box

Eastern Screech Owl in a Wood Duck box

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

Covered Bridge. Photo by Tasha Simon.

Covered Bridge. Photo by Tasha Simon.

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