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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

551 North Boeke Road, Evansville, IN 47711-5994
812-479-0771
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Ranked #4 of 18 attractions in Evansville
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- Jun 20, 2014
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Corpus Christi
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106 reviews 106 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I grew up near Stockwell Woods(that was it's name when I was young in the 50s and 60s).I played there almost continuously as a child.I rode my bike on the trails there and put pennies on the railroad track when trans were coming.WE would hide under a bridge as the trai ran overhead.The pennies were like copper foil. I remember... More

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Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

For the brief time we were there, we enjoyed driving thru to the nature preserve center. Neat exhibit of the woods thru glass. Nice place to get out, away from traffic and busyness. Small playground for children and lots of dog walkers

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Portland, Oregon
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137 reviews 137 reviews
72 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lovely little slice of midwestern woods right in the city. The bird watching enclosure is great. Easy paths that feel woodsy, but aren't really very long.

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Newburgh, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place is unique. It is old growth in an urban location. If you are in Evansville and like to walk in the woods, this is very convenient and very free. I have never seen an urban forest like this anywhere else.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We went to the nature preserve with low expectations, but it turned out great. We had one of the volunteers (Debbie) take us around and show us some of the native plants and insects. She mentioned that Evansville was the only city of its size to have a old growth forest like Wesselman Woods within the city limits. Definitely worth... More

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Elberfeld, Indiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We visited the nature preserve on a spring break "field trip." Several learning opportunities in the nature center, live animals, and bird watching. No admission is a perk. Several trails throughout the preserve with interpretive markers. I was disappointed, however, at the amount of litter throughout the park. It is a shame that people don't take ore pride in this... More

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EVANSVILLE
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Enter the Nature Center and enjoy watching nature up close. Take a walk through the woods on great trails and you will not feel like you are in the middle of a city. Wesselman Woods is the oldest preserve in the United States.

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Evansville, IN
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Wesselman Park Woods has some of the best trails for walking. Most of the trails are boardwalk style, with wooden slats that raise you slightly above the ground. This is great after rain to avoid mud, and also for people with strollers. We have been to parks all over the country and Wesselman Woods stands up to any we have... More

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EVANSVILLE
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

What a wonderful local gem in the city. It's amazing to have such an educational place for all to visit. I feel there should be more advertising in the area, perhaps on TV, so people could be reminded of its presence. I hope it will be around for future generations!

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Newburgh, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is the place to "find yourself", as one of the plaques says in the preserve. Best times to come is in spring and fall, but beware of the rainy season, as trails can become very muddy. In the fall the trees are bright in color. The bird watching area of the building is particularly excellent, as you can hear... More

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