Railroad Fork to Cumberland Falls End-to-End

Burnside, Kentucky

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On this backpack, the Trace descends into the world of verdant forests, massive boulders, and rock formations that is the Indian Creek watershed. The streams here——Railroad Fork, Barren Fork, and Indian Creek——all offer clear waters and lush streamside vegetation. The Trace makes a final push for the Cumberland River via some road walking then enters the gorge of this big river. Here, huge flat rock slabs offer sweeping vistas of the mighty Cumberland. Rockhouses are very abundant along the river valley. The final section, protected state land, is particularly wild in appearance, with hemlock trees and mossy boulders forming fairyland-like scenes. Elevation changes are minimal in this section, though the going is slow in places due to a rocky trailbed. Outstanding Features: Clear streams, river vistas, and mining history
Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail

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Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

On this backpack, the Trace descends into the world of verdant forests, massive boulders, and rock formations that is the Indian Creek watershed. The streams here——Railroad Fork, Barren Fork, and Indian Creek——all offer clear waters and lush streamside vegetation. The Trace makes a final push for the Cumberland River via some road walking then enters the gorge of this big river. Here, huge flat rock slabs offer sweeping vistas of the mighty Cumberland.

Rockhouses are very abundant along the river valley. The final section, protected state land, is particularly wild in appearance, with hemlock trees and mossy boulders forming fairyland-like scenes. Elevation changes are minimal in this section, though the going is slow in places due to a rocky trailbed. Outstanding Features: Clear streams, river vistas, and mining history

©  Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Burnside
Distance: 17.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 10.5 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 1,300 feet
Local Contacts: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Railroad Fork to Cumberland Falls End-to-End

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