Beech Creek National Scenic Area
|Beech Creek National Scenic Area|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA|
|Nearest city||Heavener, Oklahoma|
|Area||7,500 acres (30 km2)|
|Established||1988, expanded and designated National Scenic Area 2007|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
Beech Creek National Scenic Area is a federally designated National Scenic Area within Ouachita National Forest near Big Cedar, Oklahoma, USA. The 7,500-acre (3,000 ha) scenic area is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The scenic area includes 32 miles (51 km) of hiking trails, some on former roads. The original designated area, the Beech Creek Botanical Area, remains, conserving mature beech trees near the headwaters of Beech Creek.
The National Scenic Area was established by Public Law 100-499, known as the "Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area and Wilderness Area Act", designating about 400 acres (160 ha) as the Beech Creek Botanical Area in 1988, and was expanded and designated Beech Creek National Scenic Area in 2007.
- "Beech Creek National Scenic Area & Botanical Area". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved July 02, 2012.
- "Public Law 100-499". October 18, 1988. Retrieved July 02, 2012.
- "Beech Creek National Scenic Area". Government Printing Office. p. 207. Retrieved July 02, 2012.
- Beech Creek National Scenic Area & Botanical Area at Ouachita National Forest