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Beaver Creek Nature Area

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Developed to increase environmental awareness in visitors, Beaver Creek Nature Area highlights natural and historical resources in the vicinity. Pioneers named the creek for the numerous beaver they found along the winding spring-fed stream. The stream flows year-round, supplying the numerous plants and animals with water, and in turn, supplying visitors with opportunities to observe nature up-close.

Every year, the park hosts the Homesteader Day Harvest Festival on the Sunday after Labor Day. The event attracts 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.

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  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Walking (on park roads)
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  • Annual: Park entrance license is not required.
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round


5 miles southeast of Brandon off I-90 Exit 406

Nearest Town: Brandon

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Contact Info

Beaver Creek Nature Area
48351 264th Street
Valley Springs, SD 57068
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  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Park Rating

ADA / Accessible

  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Paved Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 43.55817
Longitude: -96.54161
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