Beazell South Loop Trail
- Trail System: Beazell Memorial Forest
- Trailhead(s): Beazell South Loop Trail (Get Directions), Beazell South Loop Trail (Get Directions)
- Season: Year round. Plunkett Creek Loop: Horses & Bikes April 15-October 31
- Hours: Daylight
This research forest is characterized by streamside trails and wooded slopes. A reservable historic barn is the site of an environmental education center, while interpretive signage gives information on a historic residence and other structures. Other amenities include trailside gazebos, restrooms and a picnic area.
This short loop starts at the trail junction near the Forest Education Center. An interpretive sign at the junction describes the sustainable forest management activities implemented on the forest over the last decade. This trail passes by a round, concrete, spring fed cistern which served the historic Plunkett House which is still standing on park grounds near the entrance. The house dates back to the 1870's and was owned by the first pioneer child born in the Kings Valley area. As you enter the forest, take note that the forest management practices are allowing for a mixed age stand to develop and diversify over time. The South Loop Trail intersects with the South Meadow and South Ridge trails for those who are seeking a longer hike within the forests and upland meadows of this expansive 586 acre treasure.
Trail description by: Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Department