Explore the most popular hiking trails in Beavers Bend State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

We (two - - age 40-something adults) set out to take the Skyline Trail; because of the washed out bridge, we walked 1.5 miles on the road and entered the trail at Cedar Bluff Trail as it was part of Skyline (not marked as such only knew cuz of this app). Followed the ‘red hiker’ signs marked on trails. Some areas were confusing as to which way to go so we had to use the map on this app and did some back-tracking. Took us 5.5 hours and we were constantly moving.
I would recommend bringing 3 or more water bottles for sure. It was a lot of fun. Challenging. But not too bad!

hiking
22 days ago

Great route for a mild workout with the family, dogs, this is perfect! Behind the Lodge is a fantastic lake entry for them to play and cool down after! Bring water shoes for the lake.

I really enjoyed this trail. However in some parts it is more on the moderate side.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a pleasantly difficult trail. It was much more difficult than expected and we didn't plan accordingly for time while packing a 2-year-old along. Of note, the water crossings at Bee Creek are super confusing. Do not cross when you first hit Bee Creek! Go to the right as far as you can and you eventually have to cross the creek at that point. It was cold, my 18-year-old didn't listen when I told him there would be water crossings, so he ended up in ankle deep water barefoot on 5 occasions instead of the 3 that we really needed to cross. Overall, a great trip. I do agree with some that the views weren't all I expected, but it you are looking for a challenge, this is a great trip. I didn't see backpacking listed on this trail, but there was a nice little primitive site at Bee Creek. I think next time we may make it a 2 day trip and enjoy the area more instead of trying to hurry through to make it back before dark.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. The washed out bridge is almost done being replaced, so the northern loop should be easily accessible again soon. Did the southern ~9 mile section in clockwise direction in ~3.5 hours. Trail markings are not the best in some spots, particularly near the Bee Creek crossings. It had recently rained, so rocks on some of the steep bits were a bit slippery, and two smaller creeks and the larger Bee Creek involved wet crossings. All three of the Bee Creek crossings involved wading through 8-12 inches of clean fast-flowing water. Great views from the tops of the ridge lines, particularly in the more difficult southern half of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Thought it was going to be easier. Then it kept going up and up and up. Good hike. Would have liked that last log cut to avoid crawling under.

hiking
1 month ago

I walked this trail this weekend, it was more moderate and not easy in my opinion. Nice scenery, be ready for a steep climb and a good workout.

This trail was pretty easy. It begins in the trees and winds around towards the lake. We didn’t run into very many people.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Not a technical trail unless you plan on hurdling the 20 or so trees that have fallen on the trail. Not sure if it all happened recently and it was just our luck or if the state park really doesn’t take care of their trails. A few times you couldn’t even see the trail. We carried our bikes about as much as we rode them. Otherwise it would have been a decent and scenic trail.

This is not the trail for the DBHT. It actually continues on past the point this map starts its return (at the spillway). At 259a it crosses over to the Indian Nation Trail (not sure where this junction is from the skyway trail unless it’s at Bee Creek because there it offers a route to “the lodge”) which takes you to the Armadillo camp area, you then cross the road and take the continuation of the Indian Nation Trail to Carson Creek. You can turn around at this point. So you do Skyline Trail 7+ miles, connect to Indian Nation Trail at spillway for 5 miles to Stephens Gap, connect to next section of Indian Trail towards Carson Creek for 1 mike, and turn around. A car at drop off Dogwood Camp and one at the Spillway would work. Don’t start the trail by spillway as you can’t get back to your car due to bridge area being washed out.

Great trail. Took our group 3 hours total hike time, but need to factor in rests and such if hiking with group. We started late at Dogwood area (left our car in Fern Campground) and hiked 2.2 miles to primitive camping beside Bee Creek. Hiked out next morning. Don’t park at the Sky Trail trailhead as the bridge is out and you won’t be able to get back to it. Walk back to car is close to a mile. Skyline Trail is only -8 miles but first 4 are the most difficult and along some ledges. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike. Challenging. Well marked. Trekking poles a must. Great scenery. Several lookout points. Endurance is also a must for older generation.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail with young kids just the right difficulty.

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail. More challenging than expected.

walking
2 months ago

Great trail for families. 7-11 year olds did great.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail--not for the faint of heart! Worth every uphill trek though. Be prepared for some jaw dropping views. Allot plenty of time. Take plenty of water (1 bottle is NOT going to cut it) and snacks for breaks along the way. Great for a long afternoon hike. Did this one with my boyfriend and it was a romantic get away with an adventurous twist!

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice. My son and I did it in 3.5 hours. He's 14. We definitely enjoyed it, but I could easily see taking a lot longer with the hike and exploring a bit more. It is a solid hike with plenty of elevation gain and loss. Rarely flat, but really pretty. Bee Creek hung us up just a bit with the crossings. Otherwise, very easy trail to follow. We parked and started at Dogwood, but will park at the washed out bridge next time. Of note, the washed out bridge is being rebuilt.

Pretty flat, easy hike. Portions near lake were flooded but easy to hike around.

hiking
2 months ago

A fun and somewhat difficult trail. My husband and I enjoyed the hike much more than the others in our group (6 people total) only because they were not prepared for the distance or the difficulty level. Took us about 7-8 hours to finish. Lot of up/down elevation changes, which can be brutal on the legs, but a great hike nonetheless!! Will definitely do it again!

Take a left at the bottom of the steep incline to loopback around to the visitor center. This was not clearly marked. Do not cross the creek. It’s a great trail, we enjoyed it

Nice well kept trail easy hiking nice scenery lots of quartz everywhere

great trail, hiked it with my husband, 9 yr old daughter, 4 yr old son and 1 yr old daughter in a carrier. had some pretty steep points but we all had a great time.

Wife and I did this hike. It was a very nice workout. Views were nice, no real lookout point.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail. Pretty easy and some of the best scenery in the state!

hiking
5 months ago

Took us about 4 hours to do the entire skyline trail plus the walk back along the highway. I am 16 years old and in great shape and I had no trouble on this trail. Very fun trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked from start to finish with a picnic lunch in the middle and it took us 2 hours. Forest side was warm and lake side was refreshingly cool. Vistas were breathtaking.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was challenging and fun but it is not "easy". Great workout tho! There is a "lookout point" although it's not much of one. It's marked by a small stone wall. However if you keep walking past the lookout point you will come across an even prettier view. The trail will also loop you back to the nature center if you start there. Needed a little maintenance as we had to crawl over a few down trees. We had a wonderful day and took some time to enjoy the nature center, all in all a great trail and marked well.

hiking
5 months ago

This is not an easy hiking trail! It is beautiful and the scenery is great, but there is no good lookout point. The one that we did find was not clearly marked so we hike 1 mile past it.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy trail! Wish we could have hiked the whole thing, maybe next time!

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