Although Berea is a small town in Kentucky, it is well-known outside the state limits thanks to its private liberal arts college, called Berea College. It is also home to many art festivals, music festivals, and historic restaurants and bars.
Berea College was one of the first colleges in the South to be coeducational and racially integrated, and it offers free education to students from all over Appalachia. The program has been extremely successful since the school was founded in 1855.
There are several hiking trails in the area, including one of the most popular, the Blue Ridge Trail. The forest also has many miles of hiking trails, which offer a variety of different types of hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.
The best times to visit Berea in warm weather are from early June to late September. The first spring blooms appear in Berea at the end of March or the beginning of April. If you are considering staying in Berea, we recommend staying at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel. Visit the historic tavern to indulge in the Southern comfort cuisine.
Berea also has a Spoonbread Festival in mid-September, which features a cornmeal bread that is served with a wooden spoon.
If you're looking for antiques, crafts, books, art, or toys during your visit to Berea, you are sure to find something at Boone Square Mini-Mall. There's also the Artisan Center or College Square to shop at one of the many shops and restaurants in downtown. Visit the Dinner Bell Restaurant for a meal as well.
The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea is open to the public, and there's a café open where you can have breakfast. You can check out all the local exhibits that are family-friendly and offer a glimpse of Kentucky history.