(Last Updated On: January 16, 2023)
Thomas J. Malone Covered Bridge at Beaver Creek State Park

Thomas J. Malone Covered Bridge at Beaver Creek State Park. Photo: Nyttend, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Beaver Creek State Park lies along the scenic Beaver Creek surrounded by 2,722 acres of forested wilderness just 93 miles east of Cleveland. This picturesque Ohio state park provides guests with access to the National Wild and Scenic River.

Visitors enjoy paddling, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, and touring the historic grist mill and re-created pioneer village.

Activities

Head over to Beaver Creek State Park and spend a few hours or a few days enjoying the sights, sounds, and many outdoor activities. The park has 3 picnic areas with tables, grills, restrooms, and playgrounds where you can take a break and relax for a while.

Spend some time exploring the scenic trails, paddle along the creek, visit the historic buildings at the pioneer village, and check out the natural history displays inside the Nature Center.

Planning to visit during the winter? The park offers winter activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding during optimal winter conditions.

Here are some of the activities that you can do during your visit to Beaver Creek State Park:

Visit the Pioneer Village at Beaver Creek State Park

Set some time aside to visit the picturesque Pioneer Village during your visit to Beaver Creek State Park. This historic village features a grist mill, blacksmith shop, chapel, schoolhouse, cabin, covered bridge, and trading post gift shop.

Important: If you are traveling with a trailer, RV, or other large vehicle you will not be able to access the Pioneer Village from Echo Dell Road (because of the narrow one-lane bridge).

Boating at Beaver Creek State Park

Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along Beaver Creek. The creek’s swift currents and surrounding areas make this one of the most popular canoe trails in the state.

Hiking at Beaver Creek State Park

Beaver Creek State Park features miles of hiking, mountain biking, and bridle trails that wind throughout the woodlands, meadows, valley, and along Beaver Creek. Hikers are allowed access to all trails within the park but should exercise caution while sharing multi-use and bridle paths.

Here are a couple of the trails at Beaver Creek State Park:

  • Oak Hill Trail – A moderate 1 mile trail that leads up to the top of Oak Hill and back down again. This short trail is steep in some sections.
  • Vondergreen Trail – This moderate 6 mile dirt trail follows Little Beaver Creek and extends into the extensive North Country Trail system. Look for remnants of old canal locks and farming equipment along this pathway.

Biking at Beaver Creek State Park

Bring your bicycles and enjoy a leisurely or adventurous ride along the park’s multi-use trails. These trails range from easy to moderate and extend into the adjoining North Country Trail system. Check out the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association to learn more about these trails and others throughout the area.

Horseback Riding at Beaver Creek State Park

Beaver Creek State Park features 23 miles of bridle trails, horse trailer parking, and an equestrian campground for guests traveling with their horses. The scenic trails wind through the valley offering riders spectacular views of the hills surrounding the park.

Fishing at Beaver Creek State Park

Spend a quiet day fishing in the streams for bass inside Beaver Creek State Park. Make sure you pick up an Ohio fishing license before heading into the park.

Birding at Beaver Creek State Park

Bring your binoculars and a bird list and take a walk along the Beaver Creek Valley Trail during your visit to this serene area. Here you may discover Yellow-throated Vireos, Great Horned Owls, Belted Kingfishers, Baltimore Orioles, Cerulean Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Great blue Herons, Scarlet Tanagers, and Acadian Flycatchers. Birdwatching is popular throughout the year inside Beaver Creek State Park.

Nature and Wildlife at Beaver Creek State Park

Little Beaver Creek flows past ridges, valleys, forests and steep sandstone cliffs inside Beaver Creek State Park. This picturesque area lies within the sandstone hills of the Appalachians.

While exploring the trails throughout the park you may see beautiful mountain laurel, yellow birch, hemlock, hepatica, jewelweed, and violets, as well as white-tailed deer, songbirds, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossum, and red foxes.

Pets at Beaver Creek State Park

Pets are allowed at Beaver Creek State Park as long as they are well-behaved, supervised and kept on a hand held leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Pets are not allowed inside park buildings (including cabins).

Camping at Beaver Creek State Park

Interested in spending a few days, and nights, inside Beaver Creek State Park? The park’s overnight accommodations include a family campground, Sherman Cabins, a primitive equestrian camping area and a group camping area.

The main campground area has 6 electric sites and 39 non-electric sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Pit toilets are located nearby. The park does not provide showers or drinking water for overnight guests.

The 2 Sherman Cabins have beds, a microwave, mini fridge, table, chairs, picnic table, grill, and fire ring. They do not have water, toilets, or showers.

Park Location

Beaver Creek State Park
12021 Echo Dell Rd
East Liverpool, OH 43920
Phone: 330.385.3091

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Beaver Creek State Park: