Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation
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About Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation
Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation features 65 acres of mature woodlands and floodplains, a 1.4-mile paved loop trail and day-use area with reservable shelter, playground, soccer field, and visitor’s center. Whether you’re looking for a place to have a picnic, let the kids run free or just want to walk the paved trail from creek bed to pine grove, come and check us out! For one of the smallest of the metro parks, this reservation has a surprising variety of both natural habitats and activities.
The .75 mile loop trail takes you back where you started, but the trip is well worth it! In a short distance, this charming trail starts high along a ravine that overlooks the Beaver Creek and gradually descends to the water’s edge. Further along, you’ll ascend to a large cathedral-like grove of pines that rise like spires into the sky. On the way back you’ll cross the creek again at a second scenic bridge that will certainly make you pause before heading back to the car.
Over the last 10,000 years since the retreat of the last glaciers, the Beaver Creek has carved this area into a diverse range of uplands, rolling hills and 30-foot cliffs. Spring wildflowers grow abundantly throughout the area and include spring beauty, cut-leaf toothwort, adder’s tongue and jack-in-the-pulpit. Hardwoods are typical of the region and include a variety of oaks, maples, and ash. The southern uplands are marked by large groves of red pine, Norway spruce, and red cedar, none of which are native to the area but were planted 50 years ago.
Aquatic life is plentiful as well and includes fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish and insect nymphs along the creek bed. You should also see resident mallards and an occasional blue heron as well. Fishing for steelhead in the spring has become a popular activity along the Beaver Creek as well.
From Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation webpage
Restrooms on site.