This trail east of Beaver Lake is a hidden gem....lightly hiked and beautiful views around each bend. There is a trail that runs along and near the creek, but most hikers, including myself, simply walk the wide creek bed. It's so wide that I ran into just a few spiderwebs early in the morning...it's just too wide for the spiders to go across with their webs!
The trail is part of the Madison Wildlife Management lands. There is a stone/dirt road that comes off Route 23, and you'll take that road about a mile to new parking. Any car can make it down this road, albeit it is a little rough at times. A slow go but you'll make it. The new parking is at the top of the hill, about 1/4 mi hike to the creek. You used to be able to drive down the hill, but too many people did so in cars that could not get back up the hill....so they created a parking area and blocked the road from vehicles.
The walk to the creek is all downhill....great until the end which then is of course....all uphill! You'll walk past a meadow at the bottom of the hill, and on the right will be the creek. The trail starts in the meadow then runs near the creek. The creek bed is wide and usually mostly dry, so most choose to take the walk on the creek bed. There are a number of interesting features that make this route the best. So head down to the creek bed and take a right.
The geology on this walk is amazing. You will see caves particularly on the right side of the creek in the cliffs. Many large bluffs created by erosion. You may also see a few small waterfalls off the main creek during the rainy season.
There are a number of wildflowers, ferns, mushrooms and mosses along the trail. The forest is thick and provides a shade cover throughout the trail, outside of the trek from parking to the creek and back.