What is there to do here?
The Berea College Forest has many uses that benefit the College, Berea’s community, and the surrounding area. Thousands of hikers enjoy its trails and iconic views each year. Berea has constructed a new multi-use trail connecting the town and the Forestry Outreach Center at the Pinnacles intended for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. This trail is part of the Boone Trace Trail system.
Thousands of hikers every year come from across the state to hike on the Indian Fort Mountain Trails in the Berea College Forest. The unique geography of the Knobs Region of Kentucky leads hikers to the top of several Pinnacles with magnificent views in many directions. Hikers can view the sights from West Pinnacle, East Pinnacle, Devil’s Kitchen, Buzzard’s Roost, Eagle’s Nest, and Indian Fort Lookout. They can hike the Kelly Trail (named in memory of Berea College professor Kelly Ambrose) for “required fun.” To see maps of these trails, click here.
Hiking trails are also maintained at Brushy Fork, directly behind the Berea College campus–perfect for students. In 2017, the Friends of the Berea College Forest volunteer group cleared trails on Welch Mountain, adding several more miles of hiking access. For a map of the Brushy Fork trails, click here.
“I need to live where I can walk… Walking, I will establish my presence, as one who is claiming the earth, creating a sense of belong, a culture of place.” -bell hooks, Belonging: A Culture of Place
Owsley Fork Reservoir also provides recreational opportunities for Berea residents and visitors. Open only to boats with small electric motors or none, the reservoir is a quiet spot perfect for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.