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Beaver Creek State Forest


In 1998, Beaver Creek State Forest became Ohio’s 20th state forest with the acquisition of 1,122 acres in Columbiana County, southeast of Fredericktown near the Pennsylvania border.

Located near Calcutta, OH, much of Beaver Creek State Forest is adjacent to and provides protection to the Little Beaver Creek State Wild and Scenic River. Forest boundaries are marked in yellow paint and/or as yellow posts along the property lines. Please respect adjacent landowners and do not trespass on private property.

Fishing, hunting, and hiking are welcomed activities in Beaver Creek State Forest, and visitors will be impressed with the natural beauty of its waterways. Abundant fish populations, plentiful wildlife, and the occasional glimpse of a majestic bald eagle will greet those exploring the woodlands of the Little Beaver Creek watershed and Beaver Creek State Forest.

Favorite Things to Do or See

  • Fish in Little Beaver Creek
  • Hunt in a wonderful state forest environment
  • Kayak on Little Beaver Creek    
  • Hiking

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are ATVs allowed on Beaver Creek State Forest Property? No.    
  • Can the public swim the Little Beaver Creek from Beaver Creek State Forest property? No.    
  • Is the forest open to public use hunting? Yes.    
  • Is the forest open to public use fishing? Yes.    

Unique Features

Adjacent to Little Beaver Creek State and National Wild Scenic River


  • Beaver Creek State Forest is open to visitors between 6am and 11pm daily. Legal campers, if applicable, hunters, and anglers may be present during other times.
  • Operation of motor vehicles is restricted to roads provided for such travel. Speed limit on state forest roads is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted. Vehicles may not be parked where traffic or access to division service roads or trails are obstructed.OAC 1501: 3-4 Motor Vehicles
  • Fires are not permitted except in grills or fire rings provided, or in portable stoves. Fires must be attended to at all times.
  • Trash must be disposed of in receptacles provided.
  • Camping is not permitted.
  • Hunting and fishing are permitted in most state forests as regulated by the Division of Wildlife. Shooting is prohibited within 400 feet of any building, facility, or recreation area and from or across any road or driveway. Discharge of any firearm is not permitted except during lawful hunting season.
  • Public display or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited.
  • Disturbance, defacement, or destruction of any property, material, natural feature, or vegetation is prohibited. Berries, nuts, and mushrooms may be gathered and removed except from posted areas.
  • State forest boundaries are indicated with yellow blazes on the trees and/or posted signs.
  • Other general rules for visitation are found at OAC 1501:3-2 Rules for Visitation


Forest Manager: Will McCormick, (740) 266-6021

Administrative Office:
Fernwood State Forest
11 Township Road 181
Bloomingdale, OH 43910

Columbus Headquarters: (877) 247-8733, forestry.comments@dnr.ohio.gov


Call: 911

Phone Number

(740) 266-6021



Natural Features