Berea Forest

Berea, Kentucky 40404

Berea Forest

Berea Forest Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Berea Forest Trip Reports

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7/20/2018
This is easy to moderate hike that's well taken care of. It can be crowded some times. There are several outlooks with beautiful views of the Kentucky landscape.
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1/27/2018
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3/27/2010
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.
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6/28/2009
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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3/7/2009
What can I say besides "what a view". The overall hike is steep and is a horribly great workout but worth it when you reach the overlooks. This location has by far the best trail guide I've ran into and can't wait to see Tillie again.
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9/20/2008
Although the trail is badly eroded on the initial ascent, it is a great hike. The multiple overlooks make this hike well worth it. A lot of fun boulders to climb around on, and like I said, the overlooks are pretty amazing. If you are in this area, and can't afford to spend all day in the Gorge, go spend a few hours on this trail, you won't be disappointed.
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7/20/2007
Beautiful views in several directions. Some signs of fire several years ago but does not detract from experience.
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Trail Information

Berea
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Berea College forestry office, (859) 985-3587
Local Contacts
USGS Bighill
Local Maps

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