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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is a 240acre nature preserve located in Evansville, Indiana. It is a National Natural Landmark and a State Nature Preserve owned by the City of Evansville and operated by the non-profit Wesselman Nature Society.The preserve consists of over 190acre of virgin bottomland hardwood forest complemented by an additional 50acre of younger forest, field, and pond. The woods consist of sweetgum, sugar maple, tuliptree, shumard oak, and green ash throughout. It is the largest tract of virgin forest located inside any city limits in the United States.The oldest trees are over 400 years old. Among the largest of their species are 24 state champions and two national champion trees. One of the tallest trees in the state is a tulip poplar located within the park. It is 147ft tall with a 13.2ft circumference and 81ft canopy.Animal species include squirrels, raccoons, gray foxes, coyote, and whitetail deer. The woods also serves as a refuge for a variety of woodpeckers and owls.
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  • What once were enjoyable trails are now pay-for-fee - $5, 13 and up. That's PER PERSON!!!! I think that is outrageous, and NO, no consideration for seniors - so forget that! Ages 3 to 12 fee is $3. On...  read more »
  • Wesselman Park has been a fun place to go for a long time, and it was a donation based operation as far back as I can remember. Recently there was a charge initiated, I think it was $5.00. This was a ...  read more »
  • It's a beautiful place to go walking, and I really love just meandering through the trails. I'm just not very happy that they've started charging to walk the trails when they used to be free. Those of...  read more »
  • Have been coming here for twenty five years and it keeps getting better. A wonderful place to enjoy the natural world and chill or get active and play!
  • They said Pokemon Go meet up but it turned out to be a lame money grab for kids. Disappointing waste of time.
  • The fee to walk in the woods is absurd. I would rather they did nothing to the nature trails and allowed people to enjoy them for free, like it was forever.
  • I hate that it isn't free anymore, but it's also been improved enough to justify the (small) fee.
  • I just sent two Osprey photos I took last Wednesday at Howell Wetlands.I really enjoy spending time there with my camera!
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