Each fall since 1875, Berea students have celebrated Mountain Day by hiking in the area of the College Forest. Year round hiking is available for the public.
Until the 1960s, hikers and logging crews used the same roads/trails for their activities. When all logging roads were open to hikers, over 20 miles were available. Increased recreational use required separation of timber harvesting and hiking.
Currently, some 12 miles of hiking trails are open to the public for day use. Active silviculture takes place along part of the trails for education/demonstration access. Some old growth stands may be viewed also.