Nature Trails (marked with blue on white tree blazes)
Forest Heritage Tree Trail:
This looped trail begins (and ends) at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. It takes you down the hill from the large Indian sculpture to Beaver Creek, along the floodplain of the creek, over a covered bridge and back to the museum. A series of informational signs at key points along the trail tell about the forest community. The Beaver Creek Trail parallels a portion of the Forest Heritage Tree Trail so watch for the wooden signs that indicate TRAIL. The hiking trail is also marked with white paint on trees.
Level of difficulty: fairly easy to walk, but you do have a couple of climbs.
Approximate Trail Length: 1.1 miles
Beaver Lodge Nature Trail:
The Beaver Lodge Trail is a one-way trail. It DOES NOT loop back to the trail head. You can start it either below the hydro-electric dam or just below the spillway. This is a wide trail except for a short section which connects area that suffered flood damage. It is recommended that you follow the wide, flat, trail until it becomes too narrow and/or steep for you. At that point, turn around and come back the way you came. The trail follows the spillway run-off creek. As you walk this trail, you will usually hear the sound of rushing water.
Level of difficulty: easy to walk except for flood damaged areas.
Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile
Cedar Bluff Nature Trail:
Cedar Bluff starts across from Dogwood Campground. This trail is designated to be walked CLOCKWISE. Start on your left and at each junction turn right, you will come out where you started. The trail is marked with blue on white tree blazes. Stay on the marked trail, NO SHORTCUTS PLEASE. CAUTION: occasionally the creek floods causing the lower portion of this trail to become hazardous.
Level of difficulty: Both easy grade and a hill climb.
Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile
Pine Ridge Nature Trail:
Pine Ridge is almost a figure-eight trail – but it DOES LOOP! The 1st loop starts right across from the tennis court, and then branches to the right. It will take you up though pine/hardwood forest, by a sewage lagoon (No Swimming, Please!) then across the top of a ridge. The trail branches to your right, and then to your right again, taking you through a bottomland forest and the floodplain of Beaver Creek.
Level of difficulty: fairly easy to walk, two up-hill and two down-hill grades.
Approximate Trail Length: ¾ mile
Hiking Trails (marked with red on white tree blazes)
David Boren Hiking Trail (DBHT):
The southern 12 miles of the DBHT run from the low-water dam at the south end of Beavers Bend to the Beaver Lodge Nature Trail that runs from the hydro-electric dam to the spillway. The trail was built (and is best marked) from south to north. If you are walking the trail, please be aware of the fact the trail DOES NOT LOOP – be prepared to walk the trail back or walk on the road back to your starting point. The hiking trail is marked by white spray paint on the trees near the trail.
There are 4 major trail heads:
- South Park: starts at the southern end of the park, just below the old low-water dam. It is a fairly easy walk to the creek but there are some hills. Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile
- Beaver Creek: can be entered just up from the Nature Center (enter near the CCC monument; the trail will cross the creek further upstream). Another entrance is off the Forest Heritage Tree Trail which parallels a portion of the Beaver Creek Trail (trail head is near the Forest Heritage Center Museum’s Indian sculpture). The Beaver Creek Trail follows the creek until it intersects the South Park Trail. The hiking trail is marked with red on white tree blazes and since the trail primarily follows the floodplain it is mostly flat except for the creek crossing near the Nature Center entrance. Approximate Trail Length: 1 mile
- Deer Crossing: connects Lookout Mtn Trail with Cedar Bluff Nature Trail. It has some climbs but is MODERATELY DIFFICULT. Approximate Trail Length: 2 mile
- Cedar Bluff: is a nature trail AND an entrance to the DBHT. It is located between the miniature golf course and river floats, across the road from Dogwood Campground. It is the south entrance to the Skyline Trail. It is 5 miles from Cedar Bluff Nature Trail to the juncture with Beaver Lodge Trail. This trail has steep climbs and several creek crossings. Trail is for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY; it is a DIFFICULT HIKE.
3 Mile Loop: from the Nature Center, go south on Beaver Creek Trail, east on South Park Trail and back on the park road.
Challenging 3 Mile Loop: from the Nature Center, go south on Beavers Creek Trail, west on Lookout Mtn Trail and back on the path leading to the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
This trail shown on the map has recently been re-located to avoid private land.
Level of difficulty: For EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY; it crosses steep terrain.
Approximate Trail Length: 7 miles