The Beaver Creek Wilderness is a secluded hardwood forest in southern Kentucky, and is located within the boundaries of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Management Area. The wilderness is almost totally enclosed by towering sandstone cliffs. Below these high walls you can find natural arches formed by the elements, and rock shelters used by Native Americans and early settlers. Much of the year the forest is alive with flowering trees, shrubs, and low-lying plants. Many species of wildlife make their home here, including wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, red and gray foxes, rabbits, muskrats, mink and raccoons. Eastern black bear populations also flourish within the wilderness and surrounding forest. The eastern mixed mesophytic forest is a dynamic ecosystem. The forest continually changes through time as a result of disturbance events such as wildfire, tornados, ice storms and insect infestations. These events create opportunities for new growth and changes species diversity within the forest. The remnant impacts of storm events within the Beaver Creek Wilderness provide an excellent opportunity to experience the dynamics of forest succession. Beaver Creek Wilderness is part of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Management Area. Fishing, hunting, hiking and primitive camping are among the recreation activities you may enjoy in this wild area. Hikers should be prepared to encounter numerous trees that have fallen on designated trails.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Beaver Creek Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
(Known as the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act) - Public law 93-622 (1/3/1975) To further the purposes of the Wilderness Act by designating certain acquired lands for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, to provide for study of certain additional lands for such inclusion, and for other purposes