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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville

(3.9/5 based on 45+ 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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  • We love hiking at Wesselman's in their virgin timber woods. Their animal shelter is family friendly and top notch! The is truly a treasure in the city.  more »
  • I've loved Wesselman Woods since I was a child, and I've been more times than I can count. However, my last visit was right when they began charging for entry and the experience I had will probably ke...  more »
  • I love walking in the woods - when I was kid I spent so many of my Saturdays tramping through the forests down in Georgia. Wesselman is just a short jaunt from work and home, and immediately I'm immer...  more »
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  • This is a newly remodeled facility that houses animals, insects, and reptiles in a unique family friendly atmosphere. They have a bird viewing area inside as well with tours and other great things to do while you are there. They are best known for their walking trails and recycling center. It is in the back area of a larger park that makes a great weekend destination.
  • 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.
  • I hate that it isn't free anymore, but it's also been improved enough to justify the (small) fee.
  • Great place if you can get there when they are open.