I can't remember when I last visited Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area in Johnston. It hasn't been that long ago has it? The surprising discovery of a huge building on the north end area and some sort of residential complex in a former prairie area proved it's been longer than I thought.
How unfortunate that corporate/urban development had to impact such a beautiful oasis within the city. It's hard not to get bummed seeing how this natural resource has shrunk.
Despite the changes, it's still worth a visit. Its looping trail begs for a leisurely bike ride, walk or jog. Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area would be a fun place to take kids for a ride. The flat trail loops and winds around without interacting with traffic.
The nature area can be accessed via Crown Point, Terra Park, and Lew Clarkson Park. During the evenings or weekends, the parking lots of Pioneer Campus provide easy access.
There are no facilities in this area so plan accordingly for any necessary bathroom or water breaks. The city has several informational signs posted along the trail speaking to the prairie and wetland areas.