Sheltowee Trace Road

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
Elevation Gain179ft
Trailhead Elevation780ft
Elevation Min/Max730/787ft
Elevation Start/End780/780ft

Sheltowee Trace Road

Sheltowee Trace Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in McCreary County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 780 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 179 feet.
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London, KY
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Very scenic beginnings to this trail following the Big SOuth Fork. The two miles or so following Yahoo Falls were kind of difficult to stay on the trail. Not blazed as well as other parts, and not very beat down (light traffic). There were also a lot of downed trees across the trail that were a hinderance with full packs on. The trailside campsit overlooking Big Creek is great, with water sources nearby. The guide used by has some fallacies though. The part where he says to cross US 25 is very confusing once you reach that point, because the road he refers to (Flat Rock Ridge) does not exist. Section that follows the road 27 is dilutted with the sounds of the road. Otherthan that, a great trail and good times.

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"This Trace section travels in the Big South Fork River corridor, where the waterway is impounded as part of Lake Cumberland, passing a trail shelter and old homesite before entering the Yahoo Falls Scenic Area, the northernmost end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Yahoo Falls, the highest waterfall in the state of Kentucky at 113 feet, is the centerpiece of this picturesque spot. A set of side trails lead past rock monoliths, Yahoo Arch, overlooks, and other cascades. Beyond here, the trail continues along Lake Cumberland then heads up North Fork Big Creek, a beautiful, less-visited hollow where the woods are thick and where, at its uppermost reaches, the Sheltowee Trail makes an almost 180-degree curve beneath a rock shelter while being serenaded by a waterfall. Highs: Yahoo Falls, trail shelter, and upper North Fork Big Creek. Lows: Major road crossing." Read more

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Daniel Boone National Forest
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