Bent Twig Hiking /Biking Trail

Evansville, Indiana

Located on Evansville's West side on the grounds of the

There are 25 acres of trails overlooking
a 7.5 acre lake in Bent Twig Trails.
Bent Twig is a natural area on the
USI grounds. Designed by Westwood
Garden Club and assisted by boy
scout troop 371, the area has been
developed as a natural preserve
representitive of the southern
indiana environment.The soil and
terrain are typical of Southwestern
Indiana. Northern, Eastern and
West tree families meet and mingle.

Reflection lake, built by USI
will increase the natural bird
population, provide pond and marsh
study, and enhance overall
aesthetic value.

Click for Evansville, Indiana Forecast Directions: Follow 62 west to the university, from there take University Blvd to Clarke Lane. Turn Right, entrance is to the left of the ROTC Bldg

Map Info:  
  • Google Maps

  • See Also:
  • USI Cross Country Trails

  • Blue Bird Trail

  • The Wildflowers of USI - Chuck Price


  • Trail Map:
  • Bent Twig Map

  • Location: Evansville, In
    Surface: Dirt / Natural stone


    Student leaders at the University of Southern Indiana will work with the University's Office of Service Learning to engage volunteers in the Outdoor Trails and Fitness Project.

    This project will combine student leadership, community service, as well as academic and co-curricular service learning in upgrading and marketing the University's outdoor fitness amenities to the entire region surrounding Evansville, Indiana. Project partners will include regional employers, environmental organizations, and fitness groups.

    Student leaders are members of a service-learning student group (Eagle Road Crew) and the Green Life Club, a student group focused on environmental issues. These student leaders will plan activities to improve the outdoor campus fitness facilities, recruit University students to volunteer for work days, engage and mentor students from a local alternative high school, and find community partners to participate in the project.

    The Office of Service Learning will provide project support and mentoring, as well as recruitment of academic service learning courses to work on aspects of the project. Students have already identified higher than average rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer as a major issue in the region; and this project will include opportunities for students to educate the community about exercise, the importance of green space, and market outdoor activities.

    Students volunteering in the project will participate in guided reflection, and the student leaders will design project goals and evaluation activities. The students initially involved in the project planning intend to focus the project activities on Bent Twig Trail, which is the shortest of the campus nature trails. The project will be kicked-off on MLK Day of Service with a work day. The trail opening and celebration, along with any project finishing activities, will be held on Global Youth Service Day.

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