Beaver Creek Wilderness
Beaver Creek Wilderness is a 4,877 acre federally designated Wilderness Area in the Stearns District in McCreary County. The designated wilderness is in the gorge beneath the cliffline and surrounded by the Beaver Creek Wildlife Management Area in the uplands. While the area was historically impacted by coal mining and homesteading, a section in the middle of the wilderness centered on the "three forks" area has considerable old-growth, including shortleaf pine, white oak, mockernut hickory, eastern hemlock, and tulip poplar. Well hidden is the state champion tulip poplar - a truly awesome tree. Rare plant communities have been identified in the uplands in the northeastern part of the area, just outside the Wilderness boundary.
We are unaware of any scholarly work available on the ecology of Beaver Creek Wilderness.
Information from the Forest Service, including a trail map and trail descriptions, can be found here.