Berea Forest

Loop • 6.6 mi • 0 ft

Five different overlooks connected by this moderate ridgeline trail provides striking views of rolling central Kentucky farmland.This is a great hike for a clear, sunny day and appropriate for families with children.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Berea
Length: 6.6 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Other Uses: Leashed dogs permitted
Local Contacts: Berea College forestry office, (859) 985-3587
Local Maps: USGS Bighill
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My fiance and I had some initial difficulty finding the trail. The guide says to "Turn left at Indian Fort Theatre." There is not a sign for Indian Fort Theatre. Instead, the sign just says "Entrance." So turn left at that sign and park in the lot. The hike itself is fantastic. Great workout, but not over-bearing. Also, as noted in other reviews, it is nice because you can hike as much or as little as you want... lots of shortcuts. It was very hot even in March, so maybe not the best hike for the summer months. Also, it was very crowded, so if you are looking for seclusion, this is not the trail for you. However, if you want a great workout with beautiful views, this is a wonderful option.


Visit this trail very often. This trail is called "The Pinnacles" in Berea. You can make this hike as long or short as you wish with multiple destination points. Steep initial climb but once you reach the ridgetop it is a fairly flat hike with unbelievable views from multiple outlooks.

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