Beaver Creek Nature Area
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.