An announcement from the Berea College Forest

Berea College is pleased to announce that the Governor’s orders allow us to re-open hiking trails on the Berea College Forest, including trails at The Pinnacles, Brushy Fork, and Anglin’ Falls, on June 1st, 2020. We recognize these trails play an important role in keeping the Berea community physically and mentally strong, and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding during the closure. It is a privilege for all of us to enjoy these trails and one we should carefully safeguard.

While the trails will open, at this time, the Forestry Outreach Center and all restrooms will remain closed. As the Governor has made clear, our ability to keep trails open across the state will depend on public willingness to follow social distancing guidelines. Visitors are expected to remain in family groups of less than ten persons, and each group should do their best to stay at least 6 feet from other hikers. While masks will not be required when you are away from other hikers, best practice is to wear masks when passing others on the trail. Also, please practice Leave No Trace guidelines, especially with regard to carrying out all trash.

Please note, in order to keep the trails open, we need everyone’s cooperation in following these social distancing measures. Failure to do so could result in spread of the coronavirus which is still very much with us and deadly to some. In the event of outbreak of COVID-19 in the Berea area, the forest may again have to be closed.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you on the trails.

Lyle Roelofs, President
Berea College

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The Berea College Forest is a great place to get out and enjoy nature!

Berea is a certified Trail Town with multiple opportunities for hiking recreation. Click the trail you’re interested in on the menu to the left. These hiking trails are open year round and are maintained by the Berea College Forestry Department. From their website, here’s how we ask that you help keep the forest in happy and healthy:

  • The area is open for use during daylight hours only. The parking lot is closed at night.
  • Visitors are welcome on trails only. No short cuts, please.
  • Plants, animals, rocks, and archeological artifacts are to be left alone.
  • NO motor vehicles, horses, or bicycles are permitted on the trails. Foot travel only!
  • NO fires, smoking, drugs, alcohol, hunting, firearms, or camping.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.
  • NO trash. If you pack it in, then you must pack it out!
  • The trails may be closed during extreme forest fire danger. Portions of the trails may be closed temporarily for maintenance or forest management. Areas of the Berea College Forest not served by the trail system are closed to the public.