Sheltowee Trace Southern Terminus to Yamacraw

Jamestown, Tennessee

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This section of the Trace offers spectacular natural features amid everywhere-you-look beauty. From the very beginning, at Pickett State Park, the Sheltowee Trace starts with a bang. Within one mile, the ST passes a waterfall, an arch, and a rockhouse and makes its way through the Hidden Passage, namesake of the path with which the ST shares treadway along Thompson Creek. The scenery continues with a walk along a cliff line above Thompson Creek for rocky vistas before the descent to Rock Creek near the boundary of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. From here, the Trace follows Rock Creek into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Once in the national forest, Rock Creek becomes a designated Kentucky wild river very deserving of its status. Big boulders crowd the stream between deep pools while noisy shoals course beneath a cathedralesque forest. Highs: Waterfalls, arches, rock shelters, old homesites, and old mines. Lows: Potentially overgrown trail, and a major ford of Rock Creek.

Sheltowee Trace: Southern Terminus to Yamacraw Professional Review and Guide

"This section of the Trace offers spectacular natural features amid everywhere-you-look beauty. From the very beginning, at Pickett State Park, the Sheltowee Trace starts with a bang. Within one mile, the ST passes a waterfall, an arch, and a rockhouse and makes its way through the Hidden Passage, namesake of the path with which the ST shares treadway along Thompson Creek. The scenery continues with a walk along a cliff line above Thompson Creek for rocky vistas before the descent to Rock Creek near the boundary of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

From here, the Trace follows Rock Creek into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Once in the national forest, Rock Creek becomes a designated Kentucky wild river very deserving of its status. Big boulders crowd the stream between deep pools while noisy shoals course beneath a cathedralesque forest. Highs: Waterfalls, arches, rock shelters, old homesites, and old mines. Lows: Potentially overgrown trail, and a major ford of Rock Creek."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Jamestown
Distance: 29.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Several days
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Sheltowee Trace: Southern Terminus to Yamacraw

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May 2018