Sheltowee Trace

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Elevation Gain5,389ft
Trailhead Elevation829ft
Elevation Min/Max722/1107ft
Elevation Start/End829/829ft

Sheltowee Trace

Sheltowee Trace is a hiking and biking trail in McCreary County, Whitley County, and Laurel County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 14.5 miles long and begins at 829 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,389 feet. The Laurel River Lake (elevation 994 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings and a beach along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Cumberland Falls Trail #6, Flood Route for Sheltowee Trace, Bark Camp, Dog Slaughter Trail and Sheltowee Trace.

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Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"The beauty continues along this parcel of Kentucky’s master path. The Trace heads north along the mighty Cumberland River to see Kentucky’s most powerful falls roar over a sandstone ledge, then meanders through a boulder garden of state-designated wild river beauty in the Cumberland River Gorge. The Trace then leaves Cumberland Falls State Park to reenter the Daniel Boone National Forest. Rockhouses galore are scattered in the valley, where side streams also cut gorges, offering lush forest and waterfalls of their own to explore. The river slackens to flow into Lake Cumberland. However, the valley retains its riverine aspects. Two trail shelters along the Cumberland add to the camping possibilities. Highs: Cumberland Falls, Eagle Falls, Cumberland State Wild River, Dog Slaughter Falls, trail shelters, Laurel River Lake, Van Hook Falls, and views. Lows: Potentially overgrown trail, and some road walks."

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Daniel Boone National Forest
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Daniel Boone National Forest
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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