Berea Forest Trail

MODERATE
#2 of 11 trails in Natural Bridge State Park
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Berea Forest Trail is a 6.8 mile loop trail located near Berea, KY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.8 miles 1368 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking walking forest rocky views wild flowers
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Jon Gaddis

21 Completed19 Reviews

There are two different trail access points to Indian Fort Mountain. One is obviously Indian Fort Theater, the other is the West Pinnacle trailhead located at the intersection of Big Hill Road and Gabbardtown Road (in the corner of the parking lot of the civic center or whatever that building is, there's a paved trail for bikers, just walk up it until you cross the wooden bridge and then look to your left). The GPS coordinates for Indian Ft Theater are 37.554262,-84.240825, if you're an out of towner you might have trouble finding Indian Ft Theater via lack of visual landmarks.

As for the trail, the Pinnacles remain some of the best hiking in Kentucky for the views. There's no camping, but this place is certainly my favorite for day hiking. Be careful up there, people have died, the falls are lethal.

Nicole Müller

1 Completed1 Reviews

Even though it's January it's absolutely breath taking when you reach the top. My favorite part was being able to take my dog for the first time hiking and how beautiful east pinnacle is.

Marissa Potter

6 Completed7 Reviews

One of my favorite places to hike at with an amazing view!!!

Sue W.

First time here, I'd rate some of moderate to strenuous. Uphill trails. Beautiful!

Danielle Stahl

1 Completed1 Reviews

Don Sniegowski

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great views

Pete Ackerman

6 Completed3 Reviews

Bruce J.

Abby Principe

5 Completed6 Reviews

D N

10 Completed7 Reviews

So far, my all time favorite trail just because of the spectacular views and elevation changes. Can be very strenuous for newbie hikers. The first part of the trail from the parking lot is pretty rough for first timers, and then the three major trails you can take up after that have their own difficulties. There are 5 main points everyone should check out: West Pinnacle, Indian Fort Lookout, Eagle's Nest, Buzzards' Roost and East Pinnacle. You can visit them all anywhere from 2 hours - 5 hours (depending on quickly you go, how long you take in the view, how many people you're with). Supposedly the trails close before nightfall, but every time I've been there late there are almost always people still hiking.