Hiking Trails

imageTo help everyone discover the natural beauty of BEECH CREEK, several hiking trails have been installed throughout the property.  The trails vary in length and may require different levels of physical ability. Some portions of the trails may have steep grades or contain rough ground.

Current Trails:

  • Fern Ridge Trail
  • Spicebush Trail
  • Oak View Trail
  • Creek Side Trail

 

These are the first of several planned trails designed to attract outdoor hiking enthusiasts. Future trails are being designed to accomodate various hiking skills and degrees of difficulty, while preserving the ability to observe all of the natural beauty of the property.

The trails are free to members and can be hiked year-round from dusk to dawn. Feel free to bring your pet (on a leash please) or other hiking enthusiasts along with you. All we request is that you do not litter the trails by cleaning up after your pet and disposing of any trash in the receptacles at the main driveway entrance to BEECH CREEK.

If you are not a member there is a general admission fee.  Please check in at the Visitor Center before you start your hike. Thank You!

Trail map

Fern Ridge Trail

Trailhead Heading west across the Hoover Bridge, past the Bird feeding stations, continue west approximately 300 ft.
Trail head entrance will be to the north side of the path.
Distance About 1 mile, round trip.
Degree of Difficulty Moderate.  An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 40 to 50 minutes
Trail Narrative The most naturally diverse hiking trail at Beech Creek is Fern Ridge. As you walk along, you move from one type of habitat to another. Enjoy walking the beautiful ridge overlooking the stream, and walking in areas surrounded with lush green ferns. In early spring this is the best trail for seeing Ohio’s beautiful state wildflower the White Trillium and many other beautiful and interesting wildflowers.

Spicebush Trail

Trailhead Approximately 100 feet before crossing the Hoover Bridge.
Trail head entrance is on the North side of the trail.
Distance About 1/2 mile, round trip.
Degree of Difficulty Moderate.  An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 25 to 30 minutes.
Trail Narrative As you begin walking on this trail, you will encounter numerous “Spice Bush” shrubs throughout the woods. You will cross a couple stream tributaries and then find yourself in an open meadow.

Oakview Trail

Trailhead West of the Bird feeding stations on the west side of the Hoover Bridge over Beech Creek.
Trail head entrance will be on the south side of the trail starting with the Oakview bridge.
Distance About 3/4 mile, round trip.
Degree of Difficulty Moderate.  An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 30 minutes.
Trail Narrative This circular trail offers visitors a beautiful hike in the woods. Enjoy this peaceful trail while resting at one of the benches nestled along the way. If you love hiking but are short on time, Oakview trail is just the right length – give yourself  45 min. – to an hour to complete this trail at a leasurly pace ( starting at the Visitor Center – to Hoover bridge – to Oakview trail and back)

 

Creekside Trail

Trailhead Facing west from the Visitor Center, the trail head is approximately 50 feet to the left of the red brick path.
Distance About 1/5 of a mile, round trip.  ** This is our shortest trail.
Degree of Difficulty The slope at the trail head is steep.  Not an easy access for mobility challenged individuals.  An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 3 to 5 minutes.
Trail Narrative Creekside leads you along the beautiful stream across bridges, around curves, and near a wetland area. This trail connects the Visitor Center with the Hoover Bridge, trail-head area.

 

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