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

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Sheltowee Trace South MapSheltowee Trace South Trail Map

1:31,680 scale map that shows the ST from the southern terminus at Pickett State Park to the halfway point at McKee, Kentucky. Miles 0-150.

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

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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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March Hike Group II March Hike Group II

Through the backwoods of Daniel Boone National Forest and more.... Bark Camp Creek Falls and other scenic destinations in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Part II of Feb STA Challenge Feb Hike

Feb 2012 STA Hiker Challenge Beech Grove Rd. to Hwy 27 Starr Cabin at the Sheltowee Trace Outfitters

2012 STA Hiker Challenge

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Recent Discussion

from the Mapping the Sheltowee
A Guide for the Trails in the BSF and DBNF

Hammock use on ST Author: bwebbrph
Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:47 pm (GMT -5)

Anyone use a hammock with a dry-fly on the ST? I really like the sleeping room in my hammock versus a tent. If anyone uses their hammock, did you have trouble finding trees suitable enough to strap to?

2015 Hiker Challenge Author: Traildust
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:33 pm (GMT -5)

The Sheltowee Trace Association has announced the planned dates for the 2015 Hiker Challenge. Team One will be on the 3rd weekend of the month and Team Two on the 4th weekend of the month.

This non-guided hike enables backpackers to do one section of the Trace a month over 11 hikes and at the end of the year they will have hiked the entire trace.

In 2015 Team One will be the "Drop and Go" Team. Participants will have little support during the hike. They will be shuttled to start point and take off meeting at agreed upon end point for night. Participants will have to carry enough food, water etc to get them through the
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New Southern Terminus of Trace Author: Traildust
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:27 pm (GMT -5)

On October 1st of this year, the STA and the National Park Service completed the final link in the south of the John Muir Trail / Sheltowee Trace Trail to add 14 miles to the Trace in the south. The new southern terminus is now Burnt Mill Bridge trail head. The route south of Leatherwood is just more spectacular trail to hike in the Big South Fork. It is primitive camping, some water available. The new route is blazed, most places with JMT and ST blazes side by side so you should not have any difficult finding your way. If you need help, assistance, please let me know.

Thanks to National Park Service and our STA members f
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Maps and gradual change on Author: Boyd
Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:24 am (GMT -5)

We've started an online map for the Sheltowee Trace, because it keeps getting longer with each new season. This month, it is 319 miles (and some change) long.

This map is mobile compatible and will locate you on the trail if your device has GPS. It includes the new extension from Leatherwood Ford to Honey Creek.

As the map fills out, it's content will become more central to this website. Try it out and tell us what you think.
Help map trails by submitting your waypoints and trail photos.

Looking for most remote Author: Scubasteve
Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:15 pm (GMT -5)

Looking to hike about 80-100 miles and would like to be in the most remote and ideally the most scenic area of the trail. We are experienced so difficulty is not an issue. Likely a late April or early May timeframe. Is there an area you would recommend?

Tick borne diseases Author: trekkingmedic
Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:54 am (GMT -5)

I had something strange happen to me during a 4 night trip I took the first week in June. I started at Leatherwood on the ST and was planning on taking out at HWY 27 near Whitley City. First day was easy and beautiful, about 12 miles and camped near the Chalet Creek Lodge. Second day I did about 20 miles and camped about half mile from Divide road, that night I struggled to sleep and started to run a fever and alternated between chilling and sweating all night. Next morning I had a sore throat, felt dehydrated, nauseated, and just felt like crap. I tried to eat breakfast but felt too nauseated to eat, I filtered some water and... continues

Weekend trips Author: mike-n-hike
Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:16 am (GMT -5)

Hello all. My wife and I are wanting to hit the trail over a long weekend (Friday-Sunday or Monday). We've day-hiked at Red River but are also interested in the Cumberland Falls area. I want to ask you all who know the trail what are some good sections for a 3-4 day trip?

Ideally we would like to set up some kine of loop, which I know we can do at Red River Gorge with all the side trails. Are there any other areas on the ST where this is possible? Also not opposed to a one-way trip if there are shuttle services available near by.


Looking for GPS DATA and Program to use to upload to my Garm Author: Cward144
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:10 pm (GMT -5)

I am looking for a program that I can use to download map data into my garmin GPS 62ST.

Also I am looking for gps info on the Sheltowee Trace to download into my GPS.

Appreciate any help.

I-75 north to S-Tree Author: ekirchner
Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:57 pm (GMT -5)

My wife and I hiked this stretch over the weekend. There are a couple of problem spots that others might like to know about. All mileage references are to the OutrageGIS STT South map.

Wildcat Road, about 112 thru 115, is no problem. But at the east end, right about 115.0, the road becomes paved and you see a large vehicle graveyard with trash of all kinds. Then there is a house on the left. Across from it, a padlocked mobile home. While we were occupied with the barking dog at the house, two others rushed out from underneath the mobile home and one bit my wife on the calf. Two layers of socks plus pants prevented the skin from
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Side trail Author: twostep
Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:05 am (GMT -5)

Anyone know anything about a side trail off the Sheltowee around the Vanhool falls area... We are looking for an old motel sight along the Rockcastle River and there is supposed to be a trail (Winding Stair Gap) that goes by it or use to lead to the location of the motel. Anyone with old pictures or info with about exact location of the Warner Motel, give me a reply...thanks


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