Beaver Creek Valley State Park

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

Houston County. 4 miles west of Caledonia on County 1 off of Highway 76. Highway map index: O-21.

   Depending on priorities, Beaver Creek Valley State Park is a hiker's park or a trout angler's park.  The creek bubbles out of an artesian spring and threads its way through a picturesque wooded valley beneath 300-foot bluffs.  Brown trout can be found in the quiet pools below the sandstone and limestone bluffs.  Experienced trout fishermen are sometimes spotted tiptoeing up to a stream because they know that the browns have an uncanny "feel."

   There's a parking lot for fishing enthusiasts on the park's northern edge where the creek widens into a long, skinny pool.  The Schech Mill, built in 1876, is a historic site downstream from the parking lot.  This two-story gristmill still uses waterpower and features the original millstones and New Process milling equipment.  The mill (privately owned) is open to tours. Read more:

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