Lake Talquin State Forest; Bear Creek
The educational focus of the forest trails provides an array of learning experiences. Visitors can experience the audio enhanced Living Forest Trail where the trees tell their own stories. There is also a wealth of viewing opportunities for wildlife, birds, and wildflowers. The nature trails meander through numberous natural communities including wetlands, sandhills, and dramatic ravines. The Living Forest Trail(GREEN) starts at the parking lot area and ends at the observation deck. The trail has a hard paved surface and is .66 miles in length round trip. The Ravine Trail (BLUE) starts near the observation deck and loops around the pond. This 1.8-mile trail is moderately strenuous with steep inclines. The Bear Creek Trail(ORANGE) begins across Beaver Dam. This trail skirts Bear Creek and traverses a range of ecosystems within a 3-mile span. This hike is moderately strenuous, with steep inclines and narrow footing in some areas.