Sheltowee Trace

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Elevation Gain1,547ft
Trailhead Elevation812ft
Elevation Min/Max694/1247ft
Elevation Start/End812/812ft

Sheltowee Trace

Sheltowee Trace is a hiking and biking trail in Rowan County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 812 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,547 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lakeview Ridge Trail, Sheltowee Trace Access Trail and Big Limestone.

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Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Hikers of this Trace section will become bona fide Kentucky ridge runners, for it offers more miles of Sheltowee Trace ridge walking than any other segment and resembles a downsized version of the granddaddy of all long trails, the Appalachian Trail. The Trace winds along the spine of narrow wooded ridges, over knobs and down to gaps, while the land slopes incredibly steeply to the watersheds that drain these northern Kentucky highlands. Some of the bigger creeks cut through these finger ridges, much as rivers cut through the Appalachians, necessitating a drop off the ridgeline to cross the creeks, followed by an ascent to resume the persistent northward course of the Trace, which reaches its northern terminus just one county shy of the Ohio River and the state of Ohio. The entire 38-mile section can easily be broken into multiple parcels for section hikers who want to divide it into day hikes or backpackers that want to tackle it in weekend allotments. Highs: Ridgetop views of Cave Run Lake, most extensive ridge walking of entire Trace, and excitement of reaching northern terminus if hiking entire Trace. Lows: Incredible ice-storm damage with thousands of blown-down trees, and road walk beneath interstate."

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Daniel Boone National Forest
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Daniel Boone National Forest
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