Sheltowee Trace National Receation Trail

The Sheltowee Trace is 307-mile back country trail through Daniel Boone National Forest, Big South Fork NRRA, and Natural Bridge, Cumberland Falls, & Pickett State Parks in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Post photos & GPS data depicting each mile of the Sheltowee Trace and connecting trails. An interactive map gives mile markers and topo downloads.

The goal of this site is to map the Sheltowee Trace and the Daniel Boone NF with your help. A guide will be published.

Sheltowee Trace Map

Maps with trail and recreation areas

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Sheltowee Trace North MapSheltowee Trace Trail Map

1:31,680 scale map that shows the ST from the northern terminus to the McKee, Kentucky, about 150 miles of trail. Includes all official trails in Cave Run Lake and Red River Gorge.

Map contains mile makers for the ST, connecting trails for section hiking, 50-ft elevaiton contours, and GPS lat/lon grid. Full-color maps.

North Laminated: $24

South Laminated: $22

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Sheltowee Trace Association

Consider becoming a supporting member of the Sheltowee Trace Association by visiting The Sheltowee Trace Association is commited to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Sheltowee Trace as a significant national resource for the enjoyment of all users and for the value that wild and scenic lands provide to all people. Visit to learn more and to join the STA.

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Recent Discussion

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A Guide for the Trails in the BSF and DBNF

2015 Trail Check Updates Author: Traildust
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 7:53 am (GMT -5)

Be advised the access road off highway 89 in Jackson County into S-Tree is closed. It looks like it will be closed for a long time. There was a major erosion of the road with all the rain in April, about 1 mile in, resulting in about 300 feet of the road disappearing over the hill. To access the Trace in S-Tree and to camp there you will need to go in through Sand Gap Ky. Off Rt 421 turn onto Sand Gap Road where you will see a Forest Service sign for S-Tree Campground. It is 10 miles on asphalt and then gravel to the campground. The Trace crosses this road 1/4 mile from the campground.
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Trail Check Spring Edition Author: Traildust
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:39 pm (GMT -5)

Volunteers are needed to help the Sheltowee Trace Association check the Trace for blowdowns, blockages, erosion spots from the spring rains and signage / blazes.

The Trace is broken down into 48 sections varying in length. Volunteers are asked to sign up for two sections - preferred and secondary. We will confirm your section within 24 hours, and then you have until the end of May to hike, bike, horse back ride your section and complete the assessment form. Once you're done, you send the form to us via email as a pdf attachment or send in the mail. Take photos of major issues please.

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The ST: Where IS it, really? Author: Zen
Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:28 pm (GMT -5)

How about an update on the trail information? Isn't the "new" Southern Terminus at Burnt Mill Bridge and NOT Leatherwood Ford? Information like this should be easier to find on the site and the old stuff really needs to come down. Maps need to be current and NOT 3 years old.

One more thing: Making the ST longer isn't necessarily better. If the ST is currently the 319 miles that it's alleged to be, then let's make that 319 miles more "hiker friendly" before extending it further out of Kentucky. Personally? I see no advantage to extending "Kentucky's Long Trail" any further into Tennessee. I DO see working harder at the "Trail Town" co
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Section hiking from 75 to Mckee Author: Blk3fan
Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:33 pm (GMT -5)

I have next week off work and was considering hiking from exit 49 on I75 up to Mckee. I've never seen Horse Lick Creek and the rain and high water lately has me concerned. What is it like fording or do I even need to ford? Is there an alternate route during high water?

Krentucky Trail Author: JTG
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:02 pm (GMT -5)

Hi Everyone, I need some info on the Kentucky Trail at the intersection of the JMT ( Burke Knob area ) of Big South Fork. I cant seem to find much on it. I'm planning on a trip 1st day of March 2015, leaving Leatherwood via JMT. If anyone knows this trail, your help would be appreciated.

Request for help Author: Traildust
Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:36 pm (GMT -5)

The STA office has received this request for help.

"I need some help. I backpacked in sheltowee back in college. I am coming back with my son from Lincoln Nebraska. I am looking for a specific canyon we stayed in one night. This canyon had a large altar set up against the canyon wall. I did not get pictures of this artifact and it has always haunted me. The stone table was overgrown with old vines when I discover it. I do not know if it is a commonly visited artifact.
We entered the trace around Slade I believe. There were signs for the Natural Bridge. I am looking for information or resources to narrow my search for this
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Trail Town to Trail Town Ride Author: Traildust
Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:59 pm (GMT -5)

The STA in conjunction with ST Trail Towns Livingston and McKee are planning a couple bike rides from Livingston to McKee on May 30th. More details are forth coming but save the date.
Check us out at and on facebook in the hiking groups under The Sheltowee Trace. Sign up and join the discussion. Become a member of The Sheltowee Trace Association and help us maintain and grow the Trace.

2015 Hiker Challenge Author: Traildust
Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:51 pm (GMT -5)

Registration is open for the 2015 Hiker Registration. Two teams are hiking a section a month on the Trace. In January teams hiked from the Northern Terminus to Morehead / Amburgy Rock about 25 to 30 miles.

In Feb - Teams will hike from Amburgy and Morehead and end at either Highway 460 or 1274 depending on the team.

Here is the registration link for section two. You can make up section one over the course of the year.

If you have questions, please let me know.

To become a member and save on hiker challenge registration
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Get out and play more! Author: twostep
Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:21 am (GMT -5)

Would you help get the word out on a new webpage. Like and share it for us.

Current ST alignment and markers as GPX and KML Author: Boyd
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:46 am (GMT -5)

outrageGIS mapping has released a new GPX and KML data pack for your GPS. It is the current alignment of the ST with mile markers beginning from the northern terminus.

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