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Hiking Trails

To help everyone enjoy the beauty of our nature preserve, four hiking trails have been created. 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.

Exploring the trails is included with general admission. Trails are free for Members, year round & from dawn till dusk.

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Fern Ridge Trail

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.

Trailhead/Length/Degree of Difficulty

Head across the Hoover Bridge, continue west approximately 300 feet. Trailhead entrance is on the right.


About 1 mile, round trip.


Moderate. An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 40 to 50 minutes.

Spicebush Trail

As you begin walking on this trail, you will encounter numerous spicebush shrubs throughout the woods. You will cross a couple stream tributaries and then emerge into an open meadow.

Trailhead/Length/Degree of Difficulty

Approximately 100 feet before crossing the Hoover Bridge. Trailhead entrance is on the north side.


About 1/2 mile, round trip.


Moderate. An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 25 to 30 minutes.

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Oakview Trail

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 30-40 minutes to complete this trail at a leisurely pace.

Trailhead/Length/Degree of Difficulty

West of the bird feeding stations on the west side of the Hoover Bridge over Beech Creek. Trailhead entrance will be on the south side of the trail starting with the Oakview bridge.


About 3/4 mile, round trip.


Moderate. An average person walking at a steady pace should be able to complete the trail in 40 minutes.

Creekside Trail

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 trailhead area.

Facing west from the Visitor Center, the trailhead is approximately 50 feet to the left of the red brick path.


About 1/4 mile, round trip.

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 6 to 8 minutes.

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