The Little Beaver Creek is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. There is an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. Four trails pass through forested hills, ravines and river bottom along Little Beaver Creek. There are several creek and river crossings, some of them wide and deep, depending on weather. Wet weather can result in deep mud and slippery conditions on some of the trail sections. There are several high lines with picnic tables in remote areas for lunch or afternoon breaks. There are also several scenic overlooks. There is an operating grist mill and pioneer village in the main park with high lines to tie your horse while exploring. On many of the trails along the creek you can see the remnants of locks and lock keepers houses of the Sandy and Beaver Canal. Some of the history includes the Ghost of Gretchen’s Lock and the death site of famous bank robber, Pretty Boy Floyd.
There is a huge campground with shelter house, high lines and restrooms. There is non-potable water for horses. Some of the sites can be reserved through ODNR. Columbiana County OHC supports and maintains these trails.
Trail rating: Easy to challenging and areas near the creek will be exceptionally muddy.
Easy – level or gently sloping terrain, consistent groomed surface; wide trail surface; shallow or no water crossings.
Moderate – Rolling to hilly terrain; short steeper slopes; water crossings; irregular trail surface; narrower trail widths.
Challenging – Steeper hills; unimproved trail surfaces, deeper or wider water crossings; boggy areas.