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We are a college like no other, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Trace is meant to conjure up images of pathways leading you to all the many things we have to offer.  We cordially invite you to explore this site to help you plan and navigate your trek. After piquing your interest, we hope you’ll come for the day or the weekend or stop in as you pass through on your journey. Located conveniently 45 minutes South of Lexington, Kentucky, you will find a wealth of things to do from grabbing lunch made with organically grown foods from our College Farm to shopping to hiking to exploring our student-made Crafts.

The Trace is the thread that weaves together our history and our future, the forest and farm, shops and galleries. We can’t wait to share all of these amazing places with you.

Welcome to the Berea College Trace


The elegant quaintness of the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel must be experienced firsthand. Our rooms are finished with fine details like crown molding and high ceilings. All the wood furniture in each room was made by Berea College students. Plan to stay in the heart of Berea, walking distance to many of the shops and activities in town. Hop in your car, and you are just minutes away from the dozens of other experiences waiting for you in the "Folk Art & Craft Capital of Kentucky".

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Enjoy unique hand-crafted meals during your visit to the Trace. Whether your tastes require white linen, a sidewalk cafe, or a simple picnic table alongside friends, a meal at one of the Trace eateries will be a memorable event.

Hungry Yet?


Walking among all the artists and craftspeople in Berea, you will definitely be inspired to take home something for yourself, family or friends that was made with care by the hands of the artist. Unlike other shopping venues where the merchandise is mass produced, most of what you will find here in Berea was made by the caring hands of its creator. Spend a day or a weekend browsing, touching, and appreciating the handmade crafts.

Shopping Options


The Berea College Trace offers a wide variety of options for exploration. From hiking the well-worn trails within our 9,000 acre forest to the student-led tours of our campus. There are endless opportunities for making lasting memories.

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