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 View from Berea Kentucky's Pinnacles

Berea Pinnacles

A few miles from town, Berea's Pinnacles are a perfect way to experience the vast beauty of Berea. Bring your friends, family, and pets to explore miles of trails and breathtaking views. 

 Berea Kentucky's Owsley Fork

Owsley Fork Lake

This 151 acre lake is perfect for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnics, bird watching or just kicking back and relaxing by the serene still waters.

 Morning at Brushy Fork Hiking Trails in Berea Kentucky

Brushy Fork Park

Over the creek and through the woods. Brushy Fork is favorite destination for runners, hikers, and trail walkers of every age. Located right in town - across from Boone Tavern.


John B. Stephenson Trail

This mile long path marks the beginning of a shared use trail which starts at the Berea Municipal building which will eventually connect to the Indian Fort hiking trails. Paved and flat, this trail also features picnic tables, grills, and benches along the path.  

The bridge along the John B. Stephenson trail crosses the confluence of the Brushy Fork creek and Silver Creek.  The confluence is also the point where Daniel Boone and 30 followers crossed the creeks while cutting a trail from Long Island on the Holston River (now known as Kingsport, TN) through Cumberland Gap to Boonesborough Kentucky. 

This trail was the first road into Kentucky making it integral to the settling of Kentucky and the expansion into the west.  The trail became known as Boone Trace and by the time Kentucky became a state in 1792, nearly 200,000 settlers had traveled the trail.


Photo by John Payne

Photo by John Payne

Anglin Falls

Anglin Falls is in the John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest State Nature Preserve in Rockcastle County, near Berea.  The Preserve honors John B. Stephenson, a former president of Berea College who enjoyed the area's beauty and solitude and worked hard to preserve the forest surrounding Anglin Falls. Long open to the public, the preserve will remain a significant source for education, interpretation and inspiration for the people of Kentucky and the students and faculty of Berea College.

The roughly one mile hike to the falls parallels a small creek - which you eventually cross over - and is full of wildflowers, big colorful millipedes, a few bumpy toads and plenty of slippery salamanders.

 Photo by Heather Dent

Photo by Heather Dent

Outdoor Adventurers Club

Presented by This Is Berea the OAC is organized and run by Heather Dent. The purpose of this group is to cultivate a love and appreciation for nature, and provide a variety of unique activities for kids to inspire creativity, curiosity, and self-reliance. The Outdoor Adventurers Club meets on Saturday afternoons and open to all kids.


Disc Golf Course

Located on a beautiful, park-like setting this nine hole disc golf course features woods, a creek, mature trees and a few long throws.  Play alone, bring a friend, kids, or the whole family.  Then stop in the Berea College Farm Store for a cold drink or lite lunch!

The course is located behind the Berea College tennis courts and across from Berea Community School.  Berea College decal required for parking on campus.


Chestnut St. Park

Gifted by Berea College to the City of Berea, Berea's Chestnut St. Park was built on the site of the first school building  which was originally built in 1855.  The park commemorates the first interracial and coeducational school with sculptures of Berea's founder, John G. Fee - holding the bible - along with the school's first teacher, Elizabeth Rogers as she shows the Declaration of Independence to an African American girl while two boys watch from the bench. The sculptures were created by Utah sculptor Stan Watts and some bricks in the walkway are bricks from the school.


The Kentucky Artisan Center

In this 25,000 sq. foot Kentucky arts center you can shop for Kentucky Products; experience Kentucky hospitality; explore Kentucky crafts & arts through special exhibits and events; learn about Kentucky artist and artisans; enjoy Kentucky cuisine; learn about other must-see places; and enjoy full rest stop services. There is plenty of on-site parking, including pull through spaces for buses and RVs.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is a featured Trolley stop.

 Photo courtesy bell hooks Institute

Photo courtesy bell hooks Institute

  Photo courtesy bell hooks Institute

Photo courtesy bell hooks Institute

bell hooks Institute

The bell hooks Institute celebrates, honors, and documents the life and work of acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer bell hooks. Located close to the Appalachian hills in Berea, Kentucky, visitors to the bell hooks Institute have the opportunity to explore and visually engage with the artifacts, images, and manuscripts talked about in bell hooks's work. For example, you can see the brown baby doll bell writes about in her memoir Bone Black, look at the Star of David quilt her grandmother gave her when she left for college, check out the international editions of hooks's books.  To schedule your visit to the bell hooks Institute, please email bhi@berea.edu


Berea Urban Farm

Berea Urban Farm's mission is to produce high-quality food for residents and visitors in a manner that restores the land, educates youth and adults, provides a neighborhood gathering place, increases food security, promotes local economic development, and improves the health and quality of life of the community.

The 1.4-acre site of the Berea Urban Farm was assembled from three separate land purchases throughout the summer and early Fall of 2013. The majority of the property was purchased by a local couple, while a smaller portion was bought by the City of Berea/Berea Tourism. A lengthy series of conversations on the use of the property led to the concept of an urban farm as the option with the greatest benefit to the neighborhood and city. It also served as the foundation of a partnership for planning the farm among Sustainable Berea, Berea Tourism Commission, and the Berea College Agriculture and Natural Resources Program. 

Flat Lick Falls

This constant flowing waterfall is the perfect destination for photographers and nature enthusiasts. Located in Berea's neighboring Jackson county -  Flat Lick Falls is a breathtaking wonderland with short walking trails and a beautiful waterfall and creek.  

Friends of Flat Lick Falls are constructing facilities, including restrooms, trails, walk bridges, a lookout platform and a visitor parking area near the falls.  Future plans include a picnic shelter,  RV hookups, group and primitive campsites. - Jackson County Tourism