Beaver Creek Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Beaver Creek Wilderness

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Towering sandstone cliffs, natural arches and rippling streams are some of the special features that led to the designation of this 4,877-acre area as a wilderness in 1975. It is located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

The wilderness provides visitors a place where they are free to explore nature's solitude and scenic beauty. No motorized or mechanized equipment is allowed.

The wilderness is remote and the terrain is rugged. Several trails occur throughout the area, but be prepared for strenuous hikes. Much of the area is nestled below spectacular sandstone cliffs. 

In keeping with the wilderness concept, signage is kept to a minimum. You should not expect trail signs or markers to guide you.

Primitive camping is permitted in the Beaver Creek Wilderness as long as you remain 300 feet away from any road or stream and out of site from any trail. 

Before becoming a wilderness, this area was settled as a small coal mining town during the early 1900s. Signs of the past remain visible with old roads, stone fencing, exotic shrubs and grave sites scattered throughout the area. Over time, nature is slowly erasing some of these signs that man left behind.

Note: Cell phone communications and emergency rescue services may be limited in the wilderness.

At a Glance

Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations
Closest Towns: The northern part of the wilderness is closest to Somerset. The southern part of the wilderness is closest to Whitley City. 
Information Center: Stearns District Contact Information
Stearns District General Information

General Information


Trails do not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 


To Three Forks of Beaver Trailhead:
From Whitley City, take US 27 north 12.5 miles; turn right onto Bauer Road for 2.25 miles; turn left onto Forest Service Road 51 for .8 mile. The trailhead will be on your left.

From Somerset, take US 27 south for 13 miles; turn left onto Bauer Road for 2.25 miles; turn left onto Forest Service Road 51 for .8 mile. The trailhead will be on your left.  


Parking is available at Three Forks of Beaver Trailhead, Bowman Ridge Trailhead, Swain Ridge Trailhead and Middle Ridge Trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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