Due to COVID-19, John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest is
closed to the public until further notice.
Dedicated Dec. 10, 1996, John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest State Nature Preserve in Rockcastle County is owned by Bereas College and protects a 123-acre wooded gorge with a rich spring floral display. The preserve honors John B. Stephenson, the former president of Berea College who enjoyed the area's beauty and solitude and worked hard to preserve the forest surrounding Anglin Falls. Long open to the public, the preserve will remain a significant source for education, interpretation and inspiration for the people of Kentucky and the students and faculty of Berea College.
- Features - Anglin Falls (75 feet), spring wildflower display, Anglin Creek, forested gorge.
- Access - one-mile foot trail over uneven terrain, moderate to strenuous
- Facilities - none
- Hazards - cliffs at waterfalls, slippery rocks
- Activities - hiking, nature study, birding, etc.
- Directions - Rockcastle County. From Exit 76 on I-75, go east 3.5 miles on KY 21 to the center of Berea. Turn right at the light (staying on KY 21), past the Boone Tavern, and travel another 5 miles. Turn right (south) on to US 421 and travel 2.6 miles. Turn right on Burnt Ridge Road and travel .2 miles, then left on Himanns Fork Road and travel 3.4 miles. Look for a red brick house on the right (box 530); approximately one-tenth of a mile past the house make a sharp left turn down a steep hill on to Anglin Falls Road. Travel .9 miles on Anglin Falls Road to a sign that says "Anglin Falls" next to a mailbox marked "542 R2". Turn left and travel .2 miles to the parking area/trail head.