Pickett to Peters Mountain End-to End

Jamestown, Tennessee 38556

Pickett to Peters Mountain End-to End

Pickett to Peters Mountain End-to End Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This end-to-end backpack covers the first part of the Sheltowee Trace, from its beginning at Pickett State Park to Peters Mountain. Sights to see are plentiful so take your time, enjoying overlooks, waterfalls, arches, and the constant beauty of the Rock Creek Valley.

Enjoy an easy first day, camping on a quiet ridgeline, before meandering through the valley of Rock Creek to overnight at Marks Branch, with its 17 stream crossings beneath spectacular rock formations and a scenic 80-foot waterfall. Outstanding Features: Hidden Passage, waterfalls, and arch"

Pickett to Peters Mountain End-to End Trip Reports

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5/4/2012
This is one awesome trail. With the exception of the first four miles, which are scared with Pine Beetle infestation, this trail just keeps getting better and better. You will see upland forest, no fewer than three waterfalls, good places for swimming along Rock Creek and plenty of water along the trail. Creek fords are relatively easy, even after a good rain. CAUTION: All creeks along this trail are subject to flash flooding.

Good, flat places to pitch a tent can be few and far between in places. Some good spots to pitch a tent are at the bottom of the spur trail to Double Falls, between Miles 5.5 and 9 of the Sheltowee Trace and at the Great Meadows Campground (potable water and a privy).

Marks Canyon along the Shetowee Trace between miles 14 and 15 is probably the prettiest mile in Kentucky. Assuming water is flowing, the 80-foot waterfall there is very nice. Take hiking poles, a camera and water shoes. Five stars.
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Trail Information

Jamestown
Nearby City
15.6
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
8.25 hours
Duration
Year-round; best spring through fall
Season
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,500 feet
Top Elevation
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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