The natural area around Beebe Lake is an active floodplain of Fall Creek that has a long history of human disturbance. The woods around Beebe Lake has rich soils and has been known historically for its high diversity of native and naturalized plants, abundant wildflowers, and rare species. Actively managed, some native plant species are added to the site.

Location: Within a short walking distance from the Nevin Welcome Center.

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Beebe Lake Trails

Trails around Beebe Lake are popular for hiking, jogging and watching wildlife. Find trail routes on the mobile-friendly website ithacatrails.org.

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Gorges, Waterfalls, and Overlooks

A spur trail from historic Sackett's Bridge leads to an overlook in front of a waterfall in Hemlock Gorge. There are two other scenic overlooks along Beebe Lake Trails.

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Self-guided Tour

Explore the natural and cultural history of Beebe Lake with a Google-driven map that provides images and information at various points of interest. Search for "Pocketsights Tour Guide" in the App Store or Google Play Store.

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Beebe Lake Natural Heritage

More about the birds, plants, and geology of Beebe Lake.

Beebe Lake History

Before the dam was built in 1838, Beebe Lake was a swamp.

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View or print a pdf of the Beebe Lake Natural Area trail map.

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