Sheltowee Trace Red River Gorge to Cave Run Lake

Salt Lick, Kentucky 40371

Sheltowee Trace Red River Gorge to Cave Run Lake

Sheltowee Trace: Red River Gorge to Cave Run Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The two ends of this section have the some of the Trace’s best scenery, but also the biggest crowds. Start this section at the bottom of the Red River Gorge and make a rugged trek on the north side of the gorge. Here, the ST travels a single-track path past spectacular rockhouses, small creeks, over a rocky ridge with far off views, by an arch and intersects many unmaintained spur trails leading all over the gorge to numerous other natural features before dropping into the Clifty Wilderness and the Gladie Creek watershed. The Clifty Wilderness avails additional side trail explorations. The Trace leaves the Clifty Wilderness and the Gladie Creek Valley via Salt Fork.

Road walk beyond Clifty Wilderness before dipping into Clifton Creek and a parcel of public land that has rock features of its own, made known to the world by the journals of explorer and silver hunter Jonathon Swift. Highs: Arches and other geological features, especially in the Red River Gorge, Clifty Wilderness, old iron furnace, views from atop an arch, and ridge walking near Cave Run Lake. Lows: Two moderate road walks."

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Trail Information

Salt Lick
Nearby City
38.8
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Several days
Duration
Year-round; best spring through fall
Season
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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