Located on the far north west side of Evansville, this wooded trail
area surrounds the St Paul's Church and Cemetary. It is a well
maintained facility. Nice signs, wooden bridges and trail markers make
this an exceptional place to go hiking.
On June 8th, 1974 a tornado damaged the St. Paul's woods. The church
was faced with the decision to log the trees or make the woods into a
nature preserve. at the January 1975 meeting, the members voted to
preserve the woods. With the aid of the district forester from
Petersburg, Michael Coggeshall, trees were identified and plans were
made for the trails.
On April 11th, 1976, dedication ceremonies were held for the St.
Pauls's Nature Preserve and the first trail was called the John Lehmann
Memorial Trail after a pastors son who died in 1975.
The second trail was planned and completedwhich was calleld the Sumac
Trail because of a large stand of sumac in the area. On April 3rd, 1977
the Sumac Trail was dedicated