Brush Creek is another Beaver County attraction that I had never been to prior to launching this site. For just about all of my life, I have always lived closer to Brady’s Run Park, and Brush Creek always seemed like it was “Brady’s Run Light.”
When I took a sunday trip and drove out to Brush Creek, I found out that my assumptions were pretty much true. This place is basically a smaller, simpler version of Brady’s Run Park. However, what I didn’t factor in was the idea that simpler can be better when it comes to public parks. While there are less things to do here than at Brady’s Run Park, there are also less traffic and visitors.
Brush Creek Park is actually one of the most peaceful places I have found in Beaver County.
The Covered Bridge
“The Money Shot” at Brush Creek Park is the old covered bridge located towards the back of the park off of the large walking/running loop. Some of the pictures make this appear to be a vehicle friendly bridge, and it looks like it may have been at one time, but not anymore.
You have to park a little ways downstream from the bridge near some pavilions in order to get to it, but like everything in Brush Creek Park, the walk to the bridge is peaceful and relaxing. While the bridge is not open to vehicle traffic, visitors on foot are welcome to stroll through the old covered bridge to the other side of the creek.
If you are looking to capture a great picture of the covered bridge, I recommend you walk all the way through it and take your picture from the other side. This will be especially helpful for getting the best lighting on a sunny afternoon.
Keeping with the “Brady’s Run Light” theme, the lake at Brush Creek Park is smaller, yet more serene. During my visit, I saw a number of people fishing the lake. I doubt this is one of the best fishing spots in Beaver County, but it sure is a great environment to teach young children how to bait a hook!
The large walking trail appears to be the most popular amenity at Brush Creek Park. This large, paved loop is wide enough for a vehicle, but it seems that it is mostly used for walking, running, and biking. There is also tons of open space in the middle of the loop for kids to play!
Fields, Courts, and Picnic Facilities
If you are looking for something a little more active, there are thee soccer fields, two softball fields, and two outdoor tennis courts at Brush Creek Park. There are also 10 separate picnic areas that are open to the public. These picnic areas are available at no charge and on a first-come first-serve basis.
While Brush Creek Park may not have all of the shiny features and amenities that Brady’s Run Park can boast, it more than makes up that difference in simplicity and beauty. This is the ideal spot for nature lovers to relax on a warm autumn afternoon and enjoy the beauty of Beaver County.