Back in the summer Kenny and I went on a day hike to the Berea College Forest and hiked about 6 miles of the 8 or so miles of trails and stopped at all of the scenic vistas that the BCF has to offer. West Pinnacle, Indian Fort Lookout, Buzzard's Roost, Eagle's Nest, East Pinnacle and another really cool overlook, that I haven't been able to find a name for, just down the trail from the Indian Fort lookout. I had been to the BCF several times in the past while in college at EKU, but never had hiked all or most of the trails at one time.
Let me just say right now: pound for pound, mile for mile this is the BEST day hike I have been on in Kentucky thus far. The scenic views are outstanding, the trails are nice and typically when going during the day, through the week, one would not encounter hardly a soul on the trail. The weekends, I'm sure, are crowded and it's not to say that you wont see someone else during the week but it's always nice when you can enjoy one of the scenic views with no one else around.
From the West Pinnacle and Indian Fort Lookout one can see EKU in the distance and on a clear day one can see the "Big Blue Building"or 5/3 building in Lexington. Although I haven't confirmed this, I swear that is what it is because it's in the direction of Lexington and being that it's the tallest building in Lexington...I'm just sayin'. If anyone out there agrees with me please comment.
|View from Indian Fort Lookout|
CAUTION!!! These are cliffs and can be dangerous. PAY ATTENTION!!!
I'm not trying to preach but want everyone to be aware of the danger of not paying attention in this scenic area. All of the overlooks can be a fall hazard.
Once you are done hiking go check out their downtown area. Berea is the "Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky"...at least that's what they say. And if there is one thing that is a must after hiking, it's that you get a couple of slices, at least, of pizza from Papalenos. The pizza is awesome. Check them out.
If you get a chance check out the Berea College Forest and it's trail system. You wont be disappointed.