Wehle Tract

  • Wehle Tract

    Prescribed burning is used for habitat enhancement.

  • Wehle Tract

    Educational programs for all ages of students can be arranged.

  • Wehle Tract

    Educational programs for all ages of students can be arranged.

  • pocket gopher

    Pocket Gopher

  • Bachman's Sparrow

    Bachman's Sparrow

  • Wehle Tract

    Wildflowers at Wehle

  • Blue Heron Lake

    Canoes are availble for use at Blue Heron Lake.

  • Restroom facilities at Blue Heron Lake

    Restroom facilities at Blue Heron Lake

  • Fishing at Wehle

    Wehle is open to fishing several times a year.

  • Wehle is open to fishing several times a year.

    Wehle is open to fishing several times a year.

  • Covered bridge at Wehle

    Covered bridge at Wehle

  • Covered bridge at Wehle

    Covered bridge at Wehle

Overview
Recreational opportunities abound on the Wehle Tract in Bullock County. Visitors to these 1,505 acres of rolling pine hills and hardwood bottoms can camp, fish, hike, horseback ride and observe wildlife. Additionally, canoe usage on Blue Heron Lake is available upon request and hunting opportunities exist on the Barbour Wildlife Management Area portion of the tract.

This purchase involved a discounted sale, whereby the landowner voluntarily sold the tract for 50 percent of the appraised value. In addition to providing public recreation, the Wehle Tract also serves as a nature preserve.

The links below provide more detailed information on the Wehle tract and associated recreational opportunities.

Contact Information
Phone:
 334-529-3003
Email: Wehle Conservation Center

Eric Soehren
Manager/Non-game Biologist
Eric.Soehren@dcnr.alabama.gov 

John Trent
Wildlife Biologist
John.Trent@dcnr.alabama.gov

Birding and Wildlife Watching
The Wehle Tract is an excellent site for birding. The day-use hiking trail provides access seven days a week to the Forever Wild portion of the tract. View recent bird sightings.

Visitors on open weekends are encouraged to visit Blue Heron and Alligator Lakes, which provide viewing opportunities for birds, alligators, beavers and other wildlife. Parking is available at Blue Heron Lake. 

Camping
The Wehle Land Conservation Center has 11 primitive campsites with power and water hook-ups (no sewer available). Campsites are available on scheduled open weekends on a first come, first served basis. Additional spaces are available with no power or water. There is no fee for these campsites and gates open at 2 p.m. on Friday and close 3 p.m. Sunday (scheduled weekends only). Amenities include horse stalls and paddocks, covered pavilion, showers and restrooms. Upon arrival, check in with the camp host.

Fishing
Fishing is only allowed in the Nature Center Pond, Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake during open weekends. Those required by state law must have a fishing license. Limits are 10 bass and 50 bream per person. For Blue Heron Lake, bass smaller than 14 inches must be kept; bass larger than 14 inches must be released.

Hiking 
The day-use hiking trail provides access seven days a weekand takes hikers through a recently reforested longleaf pine stand and around one of the ponds on the property. Parking is available on Pleasant Hill Road north of the entrance to the center. Three additional trails provide hiking opportunities on open weekends.

Horseback Riding
Three different routes total 10.6 miles of trails for horseback riding. The trails are open to horses on open weekends only. Stables, paddocks, and campsites are also available for overnight use on open weekends.  No horses are allowed on main roads except at horse trail crossings. Horses are not allowed on the covered bridge. Stalls should be cleaned before departure. See camp host for cleaning instructions.

Hunting
Hunting is only available on the portion of the Wehle tract that is part of the Barbour County Wildlife Management Area. Please obey property signage that designates the hunting area. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license, a WMA license and a free map/permit. Permits and other WMA information may be downloaded from the Wildlife Management Areas webpage.

Project Habitat Watch
The Wehle tract is part of Project Habitat Watch, an ongoing photography project to show the changes in landscape over time.
See Habitat Watch Photos

Directions
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. The Wehle Forever Wild Tract and the Wehle Nature Center will be on your right. The brown "Nature Center" signs will also guide you to the tract.

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.

Coordinates: 32.032148, -85.456321