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There is some pretty good hiking in/around Berea. I used to go out to the Pinnacles on a pretty regular basis--it's one of my favorite spots. From the tops, you can see for miles and miles. It's incredible. An old Indian fort was there, and now there's an outdoor ampitheater that's used in the summer months. There's a little doggie that runs around-a herding dog mix that will go hiking with you-her name is Millie, I believe. She isn't a stray, so don't try to take her home. Berea is just a pretty place, plain and simple. My photo was taken on top of one of the Pinnacles.

The Capital

Berea is "the folk arts and crafts capital of Kentucky"...it is also "the gateway to Appalachia". People here have a real sense of pride in their heritage...there are rednecks, but there are also proud, educated people, whose parents or grandparents came down from the hills to go to school and provide a better life for their children. Some of the world's leading Appalachian scholars and photographers make their homes in Berea. Look up Loyal Jones and Warren Brunner. People around here still teach their kids how to treat animals, play banjo, shoot a gun, and carve wood. These same kids go off to school with a self-sufficient attitude and end up teachers, doctors, accountants...anything. I'm glad a city like Berea has taken upon itself the task of promoting and preserving our Appalachian heritage.

The School

Berea College is here. It's a Christian school, small, and the unique thing about it is that the students can work in lieu of paying tuition. They work at restaurants, on the grounds, at the farm, and foremost is their incredible folk art-everything from brooms to cuttingboards to ironworks. There are also lots of hippies at Berea college, and it has several outstanding programs in various areas.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It's beautiful, people are friendly, unique art/folk art.
  • Cons:There's no alcohol, things are closed on Sunday.
  • In a nutshell:I love this little town!
  • Last visit to Berea: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 16, 2005
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