The Beaver River Preserve offers two short hikes, starting from separate trailheads on Fox Ridge Drive and Hillsdale Road. The Fox Ridge side is moderately strenuous and rocky, winding through a boulder-strewn forest. The Hillsdale side is more gentle, with old pastures, oak woods and a beautiful pine grove.
The trails are fairly short at 1.5 miles each, but both offer views of the river and a large, open wetland, which was a beaver pond until an old dam breached in late 2023. However, the trails do not connect across the river at this time.
The trail tread is rugged in places, with rocks and roots, and narrow, uneven bridges over wet areas. Watch your step and let the quiet beauty of the forest reveal itself.
Dogs must be leashed. Bowhunting is permitted on this preserve from October 1 to January 31. All visitors must wear a fluorescent orange hat or vest during the hunting season.