Description - Beaver Creek State Park includes Little Beaver Creek, a state and national wild and scenic river, and acres of forest wilderness. The rich history of the area invites visitors to explore Gaston's Mill, pioneer village and abandoned canal locks. The park is nestled in the sandstone hills of eastern Ohio and is comprised of various habitats including bottomlands, a gorge, forests and Little Beaver Creek--a state and national wild and scenic river. Steep walls, high rock cliffs and numerous gentle rapids characterize the valley of Little Beaver. Geologically, the valley of Little Beaver is extremely unique, being the only stream valley in the United States yet described, in which evidence of all four major glaciations is found.
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Beaver Creek State Park
The flora of the park contains several interesting and unusual species, some of which are more commonly found in northern regions. Canada yew, yellow and black birch, hemlock and mountain laurel can be found in the deep stream valley. The stream banks are lined with delicate wildflowers including jewelweed, hepatica, violets and spring beauties.
Many types of wildlife find the park's varying habitats inviting. Red fox, skunk, raccoon and white-tailed deer are commonly seen while the elusive wild turkey is making a comeback in the area. Recently, sightings of black bear have become more frequent.
- Beaver Creek's campground is scenically located high above Little Beaver Creek and offers large shaded sites. The 55 non-electric sites have tables, fire rings, pit latrines and a dump station. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. Two Rent-A-Camp units consisting of tent, covered picnic table, cook stove, cooler and other equipment are available by reservation during the summer season. A group camp area can accommodate organized groups up to 125 people and is available on a reservation basis. A horseman's camp offers primitive camping with water, latrines and tie-ups for those wishing to use the park's bridle trails.
Little Beaver Creek offers one of the most exciting canoe trips in the state of Ohio. Challenging rapids and breathtaking scenery are highlights of a trip through the Little Beaver Creek gorge. Canoes can be rented from private liveries nearby. Please use caution when canoeing as the river's immense power is often hidden. The creek is navigable by canoe or rubber raft only. Stream fishing is excellent for smallmouth bass and rock bass.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas. A valid Ohio hunting and/or fishing license is required.
Approximately sixteen miles of hiking trails take the visitor to historic canal locks and through a steep walled gorge. Hikers will find several beautiful waterfalls by exploring the many tributary streams. A short trail from the campground to Oak Tree Point gives an excellent panorama of the scenic valley. Twenty-three miles of bridle trails provide access for horse and rider through the valley. Twelve miles of mountain bike trail explore rough and rocky terrain. Riders enjoy the technical challenge.
Picnic areas are scenically located and provide tables and grills. A picnic shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A popular nearby attraction is the Tom Malone Covered Bridge.
Recreation - Beaver Creek's visitors will find camping, group camping, pet camping, horse camping, canoeing and rafting, hunting, fishing, and picnicking. In winter, visitors can sled.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Beaver Creek State Park is located in northeastern Ohio between the towns of East Liverpool and Lisbon.