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Ohio State Parks

USA Parks
Ohio
Northeast Ohio Region
Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park Reflections © Melissa Bates
August 23, 2016
Beaver Creek State Park Peaceful Day © Pamela Smith
The park William Vodrey chapel on a quiet misty, rainy day.
Beaver Creek State Park Wildlife © Pamela Smith
Saw this beautiful butterfly flitting around the park today.
Beaver Creek State Park © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Beaver Creek State Park To The Loop © JUANITA L RUFFNER
This is the culdesac like prt of park.
Beaver Creek State Park Bridle path in fall © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park Beginning of Changes © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Fall showing his face.
Beaver Creek State Park Changing Seasons © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Beaver Creek State Park © Jessica Hatfield
Beaver Creek State Park © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Beaver Creek State Park Beaver Creek State Park © DonnaDonnalley
October 2007
Beaver Creek State Park © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Beaver Creek State Park © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Beaver Creek State Park © Jessica Hatfield
Beaver Creek State Park © Jessica Hatfield
Beaver Creek State Park Beaver Creek State Park © DonnaDonnalley
October 2007
Beaver Creek State Park © Jessica Hatfield
Beaver Creek State Park Vine Covered Tree © Pamela Smith
This is a vine covered tree along the creek in the park.
Beaver Creek State Park bridle path © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park Sprucevale Overlook © Pamela Smith
Lovely view of Beaver Creek State Park from the Sprucevale Overlook
Beaver Creek State Park © Pamela Smith
People wade and fish in Beaver Creek on a hot summer day in July
Beaver Creek State Park Old Mill © Pamela Smith
The old mill near the Group Camp entrance at Beaver Creek State Park on a hot day in July
Beaver Creek State Park Kayaking on Beaver Creek © Pamela Smith
At the Beaver Creek Group Camp I encountered a group of friendly people putting their kayaks into the water. This photo taken from bridge on road over the creek.
Beaver Creek State Park Creek Bend © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Taken at the loop end of park.
Beaver Creek State Park Kayaks at Beaver Creek © Pamela Smith
3 people going down the creek in kayaks.
Beaver Creek State Park Doe Fawns © Pamela Smith
Doe with her 2 fawns next to road going down into Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park kayaks © Pamela Smith
4 kayakers tackling a high and fast running Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek State Park © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park Kayaks © Pamela Smith
Kayaks coming down Beaver Creek under the bridge after a hard rain last night. Photo taken 23 Aug. 2014
Beaver Creek State Park Mill Pond © Pamela Smith
Mill Pond with village in background on a quiet Sunday in April.
Beaver Creek State Park © Pamela Smith
Enjoying a lovely day on Beaver Creek on rubber rafts
Beaver Creek State Park Crossing the Creek © Pamela Smith
A group of riders pausing to allow their horses to drink before proceeding across the creek.
Beaver Creek State Park Turkey © Pamela Smith
Turkey taking a stroll through the trees at Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park Common Merganser Ducks © Pamela Smith
Common Merganser ducks enjoying a swim in Beaver Creek on a hot summer day
Beaver Creek State Park Goose Choir © Pamela Smith
A group of geese on the far bank of Beaver Creek looked like a choir of geese. The one with his wings spread wide must be the conductor.
Beaver Creek State Park © Pamela Smith
Beaver Creek State Park © Pamela Smith
Blue Herron in flight
Beaver Creek State Park Horsemen © Pamela Smith
3 people on horseback crossing Beaver creek. Photo taken 23 Aug. 2014
Beaver Creek State Park Something for everyone © Pamela Smith
Even my cat enjoys Beaver Creek State Park as she naps on the back of the car seat and observes the people and wildlife passing by on a way July day
Beaver Creek State Park Flying Geese © Pamela Smith
Geese flying above the creek at Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park Kayaks © Pamela Smith
Kayaking down the creek on a lovely summer day in August
Beaver Creek State Park Flowers along creek © Pamela Smith
Wildflowers growing next to the Creek
Beaver Creek State Park Morning Sun n Shadows © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Taken from the walking bridge at the end of the pond.
Beaver Creek State Park Blue Herron © Pamela Smith
Blue Herron flying over creek in Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park beaver creek trail, bridle path © shannon zebrasky
2007 trail ride along the creek. beautiful trails with abundance of wildlife
Beaver Creek State Park Sprucevale Overlook © Pamela Smith
Sprucevale Overlook viewed on a rainy, misty day.
Beaver Creek State Park spooky resting in the creek © shannon zebrasky
taking a rest in the cool waters of the creek along the bridle path
Beaver Creek State Park Bird in Flight © Pamela Smith
Turkey Buzzard flying over Sprucevale Overlook
Beaver Creek State Park © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park © Pamela Smith
Beaver Creek State Park spooky and shannon in the main parking area © shannon zebrasky
this is a picture of the main parking area of the horsemans camp in the summer of 2007
Beaver Creek State Park Horsemans Camp © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park Dragonfly © Pamela Smith
Dragonfly rests on a rock at the edge of the creek at Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park Woods of Sun Glow © JUANITA L RUFFNER
Sunflow thru the trees and fog.
Beaver Creek State Park Mill Wheel burning © Pamela Smith
Mill wheel turning at Gastons Mill
Beaver Creek State Park beaver creek © shannon zebrasky
spring of 2007, theus, rescued throughbred on his first trail ride. he had stopped to look at a deer in the creek
Beaver Creek State Park Mill Lower Level © Pamela Smith
Lower level of Gastons Mill
Beaver Creek State Park School Room © Pamela Smith
School Room with teachers desk to the right.
Beaver Creek State Park Geese Aflight © JUANITA L RUFFNER
BW of birds taking off from pond.
Beaver Creek State Park © shannon zebrasky
Beaver Creek State Park Overlook © Pamela Smith
Kayaks on Beaver Creek. Photo taken from Sprucevale Overlook
Beaver Creek State Park Overlook © Pamela Smith
Kayaks on Beaver Creek. Photo taken from Sprucevale Overlook
Beaver Creek State Park Quiet afternoon © Pamela Smith
Unusually quiet day at Beaver Creek. Hot and humid and very few people were out. It is unusual not to see this park crowded and busy.
BEAVER CREEK STATE PARK
BEAVER CREEK STATE PARK
12021 Echo Dell Rd
East Liverpool, Ohio   43920-8786
(lat:40.7267 lon:-80.6137)

Phone: (330) 385-3091
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Beaver Creek State Park, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is one of Ohio's most scenic parks. The 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.
Nature of the Area
Beaver Creek State Park is nestled in the sandstone hills of eastern Ohio. The park is comprised of various habitats including bottomlands, a gorge, forests and Little Beaver Creek--a state and national wild and scenic river. The valley of Little Beaver is characterized by steep walls, high rock cliffs and numerous gentle rapids. 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.

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.
History of the Area
The first inhabitants of the Beaver Creek area were Indians of the Fluted Point Culture nearly 10,000 years ago. Flint knives, fluted arrowheads and pottery have been found nearby. In more recent history, the Wyandot and Mingo Indians resided here. The family of Logan, the celebrated Mingo chief, was massacred near here on the Ohio River at the mouth of Yellow Creek--spurring Lord Dunmore's War in 1774. The first permanent white settler in the area, Trapper John Quinn, moved into the valley around 1790.

Remnants of the Sandy and Beaver Canal, a spur off the Ohio-Erie Canal, are found throughout the park. The 73-mile Sandy and Beaver Canal was built in the mid-1800s and contained 90 locks and 30 dams. Lusk's Lock, with its double-curved stone staircase is the largest and most artistic on the canal and still remains intact. Lusk's Lock is also known as Simon Girty's Lock because it is believed Girty, a notorious renegade during the Revolution, frequented the area.

As railroads came into Ohio, canal and river traffic declined. The founding of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad Company caused the closing of the Sandy and Beaver Canal in 1853.

The Little Beaver valley provided opportunity for water power and resulted in the construction of Gaston's Mill in 1837. The mill stands completely restored and today grinds whole wheat flour, corn meal and buckwheat flour on a seasonal basis. A pioneer village, adjacent to the mill, includes a log home, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and a church.

Of other local, historical significance was the capture of the infamous Confederate General, John Hunt Morgan. Morgan was one of the Confederacy's most daring cavalrymen. Morgan and his 2,000 raiders crossed the entire width of Ohio from west to east before his eventual capture near the park.

The discovery of rich clay deposits in the area of East Liverpool led to the birth of the pottery industry in the 1840s. The industry was so prosperous that the area became known as the pottery center of the United States.

One pottery alone produced 24 tons of ware daily. Nearly three-fourths of the nation's white ware was produced in this region in the mid-1800s.

When the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was created in 1949, Beaver Creek was dedicated as a state park.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2,722
 Water, acres4
 Nearby Wildlife Area, acres2,105
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Bridle Trails, miles23
 Nature Centeryes
CampingPrimitive, #44
 Electric Sites, #6
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Group Camp, capacity125
 Rent-A-Teepee, #2
 Horsemen Campsites, #59
WinterSleddingyes
Camping
The 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. Contact the park office for details.

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.
Boating
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. Please use caution when canoeing as the river's immense power is often hidden. The creek is navigable by canoe or rubber raft only.


Location
Beaver Creek State Park is located near Aliquippa, Beaver and Beaver Falls

Picnicking
Picnic areas are scenically located and provide tables and grills. A picnic shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trails
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.
Area Attractions
Williamsport Chapel is situated on a high bluff near the campground. This fine, old structure was purchased in 1965 and restored by the Columbiana County Forests and Parks Council. Today, nondenominational church services are offered mid-May through September.

Two nearby state parks, Guilford Lake and Jefferson Lake, offer additional camping, swimming and boating opportunities. Guilford Lake, near Lisbon, accepts boats with up to ten horsepower motors. Jefferson Lake, near Richmond (Ohio), welcomes boats with electric motors only.

Highlandtown Wildlife Area, off State Route 39, manages 2,105 acres for hunting and fishing. Boats with electric motors only are permitted on the 170-acre lake.

The Ohio Historical Society's Museum of Ceramics is located in East Liverpool. The museum highlights the social history of East Liverpool through life-size dioramas portraying pottery production around 1900. Tours are available March through November.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 13 Not one of our favorites by Oak Hill Trail
The structures at Oak Hill Trails were very picturesque, they Oak Hill trail was a mess. The opening to the trail had very loose soil and medium sized stones that moved with every step. They could cause a real serious foot or leg injury. The trail was difficult to follow, the signage was poor. There appeared to be two paths one for trailers and one for horses. From what we could tell the horses were all over. Large amounts of dropping and heavily battered areas from their footing that forced use into the heavy over growth so we could continue. We were not sure what plant life like poison ivy was obtainable. I believe we traveled about half the trail because the soil became to filthy with more horse droppings and large ruts. I was true disappointed in what we saw. It could have gotten better but the risk was getting to great and we retreated and left the park. We have visited 4 state parks this year and yours for us rated the worse
May 5 my favorite park
my hubby went as a kid and we took are kids and now my grandkids we love it
September 29 Childhood playground by Emily P
I love going to beaver creek,always reminds me of being a little girl. Going w/mom and Grandma-having picnics, playing in the creek, catching craw dads. One of the best memories I have of my grandma....
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Area Campgrounds
Stoneridge Terrace Campground
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Salem, OH
330-831-8628
Lock 30 Woodlands RV Campground Resort
45529 Middle Beaver Road
Lisbon, OH
87RVLOCK30
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Tri-State Casting Club
49410 McCoy Ave
East Liverpool, OH
(330) 385-5389
Tri-State Coonhunters & Sportsmens Club
2601 Irish Ridge Rd
East Liverpool, OH
(330) 386-3220
Area Cabins and Lodges
White Thorn Lodge
383 State Line Rd
Darlington, PA
(724) 843-9916
Nearby Hotels
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Directions
12021 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, OH 43920

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