A College campus like no other

Explore like you were Daniel Boone

College Square sits on the edge of the Daniel Boone Trace.  This Trace has historical significance as being the first road into Kentucky and a bridge to the West.  Daniel Boone was seen as bit radical for his time.  In 1855, Berea College was also seen as radical as being the first institution in the South to offer an education to all people, regardless of skin color or gender.  Daniel Boone confronted the wilderness while Berea College confronted the prejudices of the time.   We invite you to “Trace” the history of our College through a student-led tour then make your way through all the points of interest.
We hope you enjoy the adventure.
Student Led Tours

Immerse Yourself In Berea College's Vibrant History

With a rich and culturally diverse history, renowned reputation in the craft industry, and commitment to sustainability, Berea College’s four student-led tours will guide you from our founding in 1855 to the present day.

Our tours are free and offered daily, based on our students’ class schedules.

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Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Experience Appalachia's Rich Culture

The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is a great place to start your exploration into Appalachia.  Learn where Appalachia is, how the locals say Apple-atcha, and celebrate the cultural diversity of the region.  We have permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibits. So, there’s always something new to see and learn.

205 N Main St, Berea, KY 40403
-The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is temporarily closed to the public-
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Berea College Forestry Outreach Center

Discover Berea College's Natural Beauty

The Forestry Outreach Center is the welcome center for our 9000-acre forest.  Here, learn about the history of the Berea College forest, attend a Documentary Dialogue, go on a guided hike or maybe a bird walk.  There is always something to do at the forest.

To learn more, click below to visit the Forestry Outreach website.

2047 Big Hill Rd, Berea, KY 40403

Monday-Sunday 10AM–4PM

Due to Covid-19 the Forestry Center is temporarily closed.

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Get Outside KY

Immerse Yourself In Nature

Love the water?  Be sure to make time on your next visit to paddle our beautiful 150 acre Owsley Fork Lake, nestled in the beautiful hills of Kentucky (a quick 5 mile drive from the Boone Tavern Hotel).  Get Outside Kentucky is an official partner of the Berea College Trace and offers affordable kayak rentals by the hour and can deliver the kayaks to the lake for you!   They have everything you need for a relaxing or invigorating day on the water.

2428 Big Hill Rd, Berea, KY 40403


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