Beaver Creek Nature Area

Beaver Creek Nature Area

5 miles SE of
Brandon, SD

Beaver Creek, (165 acres), is located 5 miles SE of Brandon, off I-90, exit 406. Pioneers named the creek for the numerous beaver found along the winding spring-fed stream which flows year-round, supplying the plants and animals with water.

Every September, the park hosts the Homesteader Day Harvest Festival. The event attracts thousands of visitors of all ages who want a taste of homestead life and living history. The free event typically features fiddlers, pioneer crafts, living history and old-time farming demonstrations. 

The park has minimal development and showcases the area's woodland slopes, native prairie and creek bottoms. Great area to view a variety of wildlife.

Special features: Historical 1870s log cabin, handicap accessible hiking trail and picnic shelters. 

Trails: Hiking trails range from easy to extremely hilly. Access to much of this park is by foot trail only.