Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Berea College Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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10 days ago

Great day hike. Good views. Was pretty crowded due to Spring break. Not a bad hike close to Lexington.

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rocky
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

The entire area was CROWDED when I went. Granted, it was the first warm Saturday of the year. I decided to take the east trail because it seemed the least packed. It was a nice trail. Well-maintained. I enjoyed the views at the end. I would rate this trail on the lower end of moderate. Will probably do again since it’s not terrible far away and a good day hike. You can also like multiple trails together.

hiking
20 days ago

Trail has awesome overlooks and views. Not too hard in either direction. Great hike for young people

amazing trail

hiking
27 days ago

Good for our family but challenging for our 7 year old. Good view at the top but liked Indian Fort better

Definitely check out Eagle’s nest lookout

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muddy
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

It is a good hikingtrail at the beginning. But if you get to the back end of the trail it gets a little hard to tell which trails well get you back to the parking lot, and which trails take you farther into the woods.

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muddy
2 months ago

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This is a gorgeous, well thought out, fantastic trail. It had rained for awhile before our hike but the trails weren't overly muddy and were very well maintained. We didn't see a single hiker until the end of the loop near West Pinnacle. Each of the overlooks had a different character and feel, Devil's Kitchen was fantastic, and the rock scramble from Indian Fort Lookout to West Pinnacle was a lot of fun. We went counter clockwise starting with East Pinnacle, Eagle's Nest, Buzzard's Roost, Devil's Kitchen, Indian Fort Lookout, and West Pinnacle - I think this is probably the best way to go about this loop. There is some elevation change (186 floors according to the fitbit) and the rock scrambles between Indian Fort Lookout and West Pinnacle aren't for everyone but if you are in decent shape none of it should be a problem. Some of the best views in the area can be found on this hike.

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muddy
2 months ago

Great sunset from West Pinnacle... mild rock scrambling required....

beautiful overlook of berea. one of my favorite places to go in kentucky. ive been told on really clear days if you know were to look you can see a glimpse of Lexington but the several times ive been up there its been cloudy. some steep spots but nothing a normal person cant handle with a few breaks.

Took three kids (ages 14 - 6) and a dog to East Pinnacle. Moderate hike due to elevation change, but not tactically challenging. Nice views at the top. Moderate traffic on a Saturday afternoon. Would definitely go again.

Although this is a very popular hike, it was one of my least favorites. Lots of traffic on the trail and aside from the uphill trek at the start, it was fairly easy. If you haven't been to higher elevations with better views, you may enjoy this trip. There are a couple spots with pretty views.

Gorgeous hike. Decently hard, but well maintained and so many pretty views. Dog friendly as well.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail last week. No traffic at all during the weekday. Fun little hike.

6 months ago

Great hike . Well maintained trails . The people at the Berea outreach center were very friendly and helpful

Gorgeous views and a moderate hike. Great place to trail run or day hike.

hiking
7 months ago

We enjoyed the West Pinnacle today with friends. The trail is wide and gravel most of the way with more rocky terrain as you gain altitude. There are so steep portions but otherwise a moderate hike. Saw some wild flowers along the way. There’s an impressive rock formation at the top and a modest view. There’s not a ton of space to enjoy the view. We’ve heard the East Pinnacle has a better view. That’s where we’ll go next time!

This is my favorite place to be! It's so peaceful at the top.

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8 months ago

A warm Sunday at Berea Pinnacles. Love exploring and seeing new sights. Very good views once you make the climb up to the ridges. I like to see the views in the fall, bet there gorgeous!

This wasn’t really what I would call a hike. Seemed more like a stroll through a park. Don’t get me wrong, there are some uphill trails that will get your legs and lungs working, but some of the overlooks weren’t that great. East Pinnacle had a bunch of trees blocking the view and there was broken glass scattered along most of the trails. Eagle’s Nest was a beautiful view of the area, though. These trails are highly trafficked. We went on a Sunday morning, and by noon, there were lots of people around. It’s a decent trail but nothing to spectacular.

Very well marked! But at the end it can be hard to scale the last boulder! But once you get over it, it is amazing

very beautiful

Love this trail, beautiful views, variety of terrain and an easy hike. It can get crowded and hikers with dogs let them poop on the trails and some ignorant littering, otherwise it would've been a 4 star.

hiking
11 months ago

Moderate hike. Beautiful views for the payoff though. Well maintained. Great way to spend an afternoon.

11 months ago

Great overlooks. Clean. Looking forward to doing the new section next time.

on East and West Pinnacle

hiking
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Went up at dark and watched the sunrise from the Eagles Nest. Absolutely amazing!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

live real close to this trail, a great trail one of my favorites

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