Boone Trace Trail in Brushy Fork now open in Berea

Dr John Fox, Mayor of Berea Bruce Fraley and President of Berea College Lyle Roelofs unveil a sign marking the Boone Trace Trail in Brushy Fork Park. The sign was made by Berea College Student Crafts. The trail is said to be the path Daniel Boone took through the region in 1775. – Photo by Gaston Jarju / Berea College

BEREA, Ky. (BC Public Relations) – Visitors to Berea College’s Brushy Fork can now walk the path blazed through Kentucky by Daniel Boone and his ax men, thanks to a collaboration between Berea College and the Town of Berea.

Boone Trace Trail is open to Berea residents, students, and visitors, with a mile-long paved trail that lines up almost exactly with the path Boone and his team took in 1775 from North Carolina through Cumberland. Gap and to Boonesborough.

The collaborative project has been in the making for two years. Berea College has granted an easement to the city for the parking areas and the shared use trail along Brushy Fork Creek. The Berea Tourism Commission funded the materials used to create the gravel path. Berea’s public works team built the trail, which opened on September 18.

“A few years ago we dreamed of what could be a joint project of the City of Berea and Berea College along the historic Boone Trace through the forest of Berea College, and today it is become a reality, ”said Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley. “I think it’s appropriate that we celebrate this relationship that continues to grow every day, every month and every year. Thank you to Berea College for making this happen. It’s a great common project that we hope will the, is a sign of more collaborative efforts in the future.

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley Dr John Fox and Berea College President Lyle Roelofs cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Boone Trace Trail at Berea College’s Brushy Fork Park. The new course is open to college students and the public, and follows the course created in 1775 by Daniel Boone. – Photo by Gaston Jarju / College Berea

Berea College president Lyle Roelofs said he first thought about the possibility of a trail along Brushy Fork Creek four years ago on a trip to Sweden, where he saw that the banks of all their streams were lined with walking, running and biking trails. It was at this point that Roelofs thought of creating similar paths. He said that with its history, the path takes on greater significance than just a place of recreation and exercise.

“Almost 100 years before Berea College was first imagined by Reverend John Fee, this first group came through here and developed a safe and traversable path from North Carolina to Boonesborough,” said the President Roelofs. “It took a lot of work, but it’s worth it. We are delighted to be able to name our trail Boone Trace Trail to mark its historical significance. Thank you to the city of Berea for your good support for this project.

Berea College Student Crafts made the new trail sign, designed by the college’s marketing and communications department.

Marking the entire trail that Boone takes is an ongoing project undertaken by Dr. John Fox, a retired surgeon working to save and preserve Boone Trace. Dr Fox says he plans to devote a good chunk of the rest of his life to this project.

For more information on Dr. Fox’s Boone Trace project, visit

Brushy Fork is located near Scaffold Cane Road in Berea, on the right near the intersection of Scaffold Cane Road and Prospect Street.

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