Please adhere to any signage and closed trails until further notice. 

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.

Keep all dogs on leash at all times. Hike with others when possible and/or make noise while hiking.

If you see a bear, do not approach. Calmly travel in the opposite direction. Contact us at 859-756-3315 or abramsj@berea.edu.

In early spring, black bears may den with cubs. It’s crucial to give them space to avoid any potential conflicts, as mother bears can be protective and defensive. We are fortunate to have a healthy ecosystem including black bears, adding to the richness of our natural environment.

**We’ve had questions about the logging taking place visible from the Bluegrass Overlook/Indian Fort Lookout. This is happening on private land and Berea College Forestry Foresters are aware of the situation.


Located at 2047 Big Hill Rd. Berea, KY 40403

If you are coming from Berea on Big Hill Rd./Hwy 21, there's a parking lot and the Forestry Outreach Center on the left about 3 miles from Boone Tavern. If you hit the Dollar General and Big Hill gas station at the intersection of Hwy 21 and 421 you've gone too far.

The "Berea Forest Trail" on the map is the West Barton Trailhead. There is a small parking lot. This trailhead is a shorter distance to West Pinnacle and about 2 miles to East Pinnacle.

Check out Berea Tourism for more things to do and places to eat!

                     Beautiful Lookouts

The Pinnacles trails offer gorgeous lookouts at West Pinnacle, Indian Fort, Buzzard's Roost, Eagle's Nest, and East Pinnacle. They're so beautiful in every season, you'll have to come back!

The hikes to each lookout vary in difficulty. Starting from the main trailhead, they all branch from a trail that is initially uphill. For first timers, we recommend East Pinnacle.

To Indian Fort–1.02 miles

Elevation gain to Indian Fort Lookout from the parking lot. ~950 ft to 1,579 ft. Via AllTrails.com

To West Pinnacle–1.52 miles

Elevation gain to West Pinnacle from the parking lot. ~950 ft. to 1,461 ft. Via AllTrails.com

To East Pinnacle–1.8 miles

Elevation gain to East Pinnacle from the parking lot. ~950 ft to 1,537 ft. Via AllTrails.com

To Eagle’s Nest–1.6 miles

Elevation gain to Eagle's Nest from the parking lot. ~950 ft to 1,582 ft. Via AllTrails.com.
The Pinnacles, Anglin Falls, and Brushy Fork trails are open dawn to dusk every day of the year. If they are closed for an extenuating circumstance, we will post about it on our website and social media.
Yes, the Center has indoor and outdoor (always accessible) restrooms, as well as an outdoor shower. There are also drinking fountains and a water bottle filler in the Center.
We are open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday. We are closed Monday.
Dogs are allowed on the trails but they must be on a leash.
Yes, we have a parking lot by the building and trails to the Pinnacles (2047 Big Hill Rd.) Anglin Falls has a gravel parking lot at the trailhead (842 Anglin Falls Rd.) Brushy Fork has gravel parking lots off of Scaffold Cane Rd.
No, the Forestry Outreach Center is free and open to all! The Pinnacles, Anglin Falls, and Brushy Fork are not a part of a national or state park/forest.