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Member’s only hike to Beaver Creek Wilderness, Burnside, KY

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Kentucky Heartwood staff and members as we explore the Three Forks of Beaver Trail in the Beaver Creek Wilderness.  We will start on the top of the plateau, hiking through a mature forest that KY Heartwood successfully advocated to exclude from logging as part of the Greenwood project. We will quickly travel below the cliff line, where the Wilderness boundary starts, and explore Beaver Creek and its tributaries. Then we will climb out of the Wilderness and hike a short distance to the Three Forks overlook, giving us a view of the area that we just traversed. 

Quiet contemplation will be encouraged for several legs of this hike to preserve the spirit of the wilderness. 

The Hike: 3 miles on trail. The formal hike will take about 3 hours, but there is potential for additional exploration. 

Meeting point: At the Three Forks of Beaver Trailhead, located here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vFyxd1VZrUEkzr7c7

Meeting time: 10:45 – Hike will begin promptly at 11:00am. Please arrive a bit before 11 to ensure we stay on schedule.

Registration: Please fill out our registration form and complete for each individual planning to attend. We must have a liability waiver on file for every attendee.

More about Beaver Creek Wilderness:

The 4,877 acre Beaver Creek Wilderness was designated by Congress as part of the 1975 Eastern Wilderness Act, which preserved this area “as an enduring resource of wildness which shall be managed to promote and perpetuate the wilderness character of the land and its specific values of solitude, physical and mental challenge, scientific study, inspiration, and primitive recreation for the benefit of all of the American people of present and future generations.”

Beaver Creek Wilderness is unusual in its boundary. The designated Wilderness includes only lands below the canyon’s cliffline, and so follows the pattern of Beaver Creek and its entrenched tributaries. While it is easy to find solitude and inspiration in the hidden depths of forest beneath the canyon walls, in many places the Wilderness is less than a half-mile in width. 

With very few exceptions, the Forest Service is prohibited from logging, burning, or using herbicides in Wilderness areas. However, the Forest Service is logging more than 1,000 acres of forest near the Beaver Creek Wilderness boundary. 


What to wear and bring: There is an optional creek crossing that will be more enjoyable with waterproof boots and hiking poles. Bring sufficient water and snacks – we will stop for a snack break creekside at the spot where the Three Forks of Beaver Creek come together – the Middle Fork joins Freeman Fork and Little Hurricane Fork. You will likely have cell service at the trailhead, but it will not work inside the Wilderness. 

Please be aware that Kentucky Heartwood is not equipped to provide any emergency care, and participants are responsible for their own well-being. The registration form includes a liability waiver that all participants must sign.

Beaver Creek Wilderness

Event Name:

Member’s only hike to Beaver Creek Wilderness, Burnside, KY

Event Location:

Three Forks of Beaver Trailhead

Sawyer, KY 42634 United States

Event Cost:

Members Only

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