Upcoming Events

  • Wehle Open June 15

    Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. for open trails, horseback riding, birding and fishing. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake. Wehle Land Conservation Center

  • Sipsey Open Woods Week June 21-30

    Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Lands Division announces four Open Woods Weeks at the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex located in Tuscaloosa County near Buhl, Ala. This year’s dates are June 21-30, July 19-28, August 9-18, and September 6-15, 2019. On those dates, the main gate will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday and remain open through the following week until 4 p.m. on Sunday. During Open Woods Weeks, the public can drive into the property along the main gravel road leading from the Jack’s Drive parking area to the south gate. Due to seasonal wet conditions and activities related to public hunting opportunities, the gates remain closed to vehicular traffic at other times during the year. This Forever Wild outdoor recreation area features 7,155 acres of beautiful bottomland forest along the Sipsey River available for canoeing, birding, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, picnicking and wildlife photography. For those wanting to hike, bike or horseback ride during the Open Woods Weeks, be mindful of increased vehicular traffic. In the event the Sipsey River is out of its banks and flooding the roads, the dates will be rescheduled. Please visit www.alabamaforeverwild.com/sipsey-river-complex for scheduling updates and additional information about the Forever Wild Sipsey River Complex, including directions and an interactive map.

  • Wehle Birding Field Trip June 22

    Birmingham Audubon is planning a field trip to Wehle on June 22, 2019. More details coming soon!

  • Wehle Open July 20

    Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. for open trails, horseback riding, birding and fishing. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake. Wehle Land Conservation Center

  • Wehle Open Sept. 6-7

    Friday, gate opens at 2 p.m. for camping and closes at dark.  Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. for hiking, horseback riding, birding and fishing and closes at dark. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake until 4 p.m. Saturday. Checkout time for campers is 3 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Wehle Open Sept. 20-21

    Friday, gate opens at 2 p.m. for camping and closes at dark.  Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. for hiking, horseback riding, birding and fishing and closes at dark. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake until 4 p.m. Saturday. Checkout time for campers is 3 p.m. on Sunday. Wehle Land Conservation Center

  • Wehle Open Oct. 4-5

    Friday, gate opens at 2 p.m. for camping and closes at dark.  Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. for hiking, horseback riding, birding and fishing and closes at dark. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake until 4 p.m. Saturday. Checkout time for campers is 3 p.m. on Sunday. Wehle Land Conservation Center

  • Coldwater Mountain Fat Tire Festival Oct. 25-27

    Activities include group rides, skill clinics, poker ride, and a variety of cycling related vendors. Food, drink (including a beer garden) and live entertainment will also be featured. Demo bikes--registered festival goers will be able to test ride all of the latest and greatest bikes and gear on the IMBA Silver Ride Center Coldwater Mountain. Event website Schedule

  • Fort Toulouse Frontier Days Nov. 6-9

    Alabama Frontier Days focuses on demonstrating frontier life in the southeast during the period 1700-1820. The public can experience this living history as frontier trades and crafts are demonstrated by living historians in period correct costumes. The event takes place over four days, Wednesday to Saturday, from 9 AM to 4 PM each day. Saturday is Alabama Frontier Days Family Day, a great day for families to experience the event and see the forts. Admission charged: $8/adult and $7/child 6-18; free up to age 5. Fort Toulouse - Jackson Park 2521 W. Fort Toulouse Road Wetumpka, AL 36093 Forever Wild's purchase of 254 acres of upland pine-hardwood forest along the Alabama River serves as an addition to the Ft. Toulouse historic site.

  • Wehle Open November 15-16

    Gate opens at 2 p.m. Friday for camping and closes at dark. Gate opens Saturday at 8 a.m. for open trails and fishing and closes at dark. Bank fishing permitted at Blue Heron Lake and Wood Duck Lake until 4 p.m. Checkout time for campers is 3 p.m. Sunday. Wehle Land Conservation Center