Pine Valley Ranch Park
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Pine Lake has closed to ice skating and ice fishing for the season.
Picnic by rippling waters, hear the call of an osprey, take in the light of dawn as it illuminates towering cliffs. Pine Valley Ranch Park offers treasures of yesteryear and inspires memories that last a lifetime.
Pine Valley Ranch Park offers 1.3 miles of quiet, easy-to-moderate trails that are hiker-only. Nearly three miles of multi-use trails are open to all. Buck Gulch Trail allows access to the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area in Pike National Forest.
The gem of the valley is Pine Lake. Skaters and anglers enjoy the ice when they’re not warming by the hearth in a lakeside hut. Anglers can enjoy pier fishing in warmer months.
Tucked in among towering ponderosa pines, Baehrden stands sentry over Pine Lake. The 27-room lodge was built for Chicago executive William Baehr and his family in 1927. Since acquiring the lodge with the 820-acre property in 1986, Jefferson County Open Space has worked to preserve its exterior. After extensive interior restoration, we plan to invite visitors to step into Baehrden and step back in time this summer.
Baehr structure will have you seeing stars. Register for a Lookout Mountain Nature Center astronomy program, held in the family observatory. Along the river, Baehr's Japanese-style gazebo is a tranquil site for an intimate wedding ceremony. Two picnic shelters can also be reserved. See Park Permits and Reservations. A small visitor center, the Depot, is open on weekends and holidays from May through September.
30400 Crystal Lake Rd., Pine
From U.S. Highway 285, turn south on Pine Valley Road (County Road 126) to Crystal Lake Road. Turn right 1 mile into the park.
Last Modified: Mar 21, 2013 12:02 PM