Beaver Creek Valley

Caledonia, Minnesota

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Beaver Creek, a tributary of the South Fork River in southeastern Minnesota, has been called one of the most beautiful spring brooks in the state’s southeastern section. Beginning in large springs and owing through extensive watercress beds, this stream lies in one of two major trout areas in the state, the other being the North Shore of Lake Superior. Beaver Creek is one of many rivers and creeks cutting their way through forested valleys and deep gorges where wildlife is prolific. The area’s beauty, with its many hills and hollows, is much akin to parts of the Appalachians or Ozarks of the South. Cold water and a shaded creek valley make this hike a cool oasis on a hot summer day. And fall is an exceptional time to see spectacular color throughout the park. Most of the park’s 8 miles of hiking trails follow the creek, periodically making loops that take you away from the water and up the adjacent bluffs.
Hiking Minnesota

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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

Beaver Creek, a tributary of the South Fork River in southeastern Minnesota, has been called one of the most beautiful spring brooks in the state’s southeastern section. Beginning in large springs and owing through extensive watercress beds, this stream lies in one of two major trout areas in the state, the other being the North Shore of Lake Superior. Beaver Creek is one of many rivers and creeks cutting their way through forested valleys and deep gorges where wildlife is prolific.

The area’s beauty, with its many hills and hollows, is much akin to parts of the Appalachians or Ozarks of the South. Cold water and a shaded creek valley make this hike a cool oasis on a hot summer day. And fall is an exceptional time to see spectacular color throughout the park. Most of the park’s 8 miles of hiking trails follow the creek, periodically making loops that take you away from the water and up the adjacent bluffs.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Caledonia
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 980 feet
Top Elevation: 1,020 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Caledonia, MN; (507) 724-2107; Department of Natural Resources, Information Center, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646- 6367 (only in MN); www.dnr.state.mn.us/ parks. Park maps are available at the Web site.
Local Maps: USGS Sheldon
Driving Directions: Directions to Beaver Creek Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

5/11/2007
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Gorgeous area. The campsites at this park are a little close together, but the cart-in sites are quite nice (especially 43!) We loved the area and made a long scenic hike, but ultimately left our campsite early because we and the dog had gotten so many wood ticks. In all my travels I have never encountered that many ticks- ugh! I can't wait to go back in the fall or winter when the poison ivy and the ticks are not so bountiful.


12/27/2006
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Wow! This one is worth the drive. Peaceful, beautiful, solitude. We did an out and back 7 mile run. You cross back and forth over the stream on bridges and logs. Terrain is even enough for maintaining a good clip while running and taking in the views. Look out for the deer and elk....there are prints everywhere. You want hills....take a side trail and be ready. Max out the VO2 and the thighs are burning. Serious runners or hikers.....this one is worth it.



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Apr 2018