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 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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Recent Photographs

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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

Looking for a Hiking Partner Author: jhicks1963
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:04 pm (GMT -5)

I'm looking for hiking partners. I plan on a 40 mile trip in Oct 2014 over a period of three days. I average around 13 miles a day on hikes. My hourly hiking speed is around 1.5 miles/hour. I like to enjoy the walk, take pictures and have fun. If anyone is interested I would like to talk with you and see if our schedules can meet up. My contact info is 606-207-0967. My name is Jeff Hicks and I live in Morehead KY.
Jeff Hicks

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

Southern terminus to Cumberland falls Author: trekkingmedic
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:31 pm (GMT -5)

I have 5 days free the first week in June and I am wanting to hike a section of the trace. I am looking at going from the southern terminus to Cumberland falls, my wife has family that lives near Cumberland falls that can provide transportation and a safe place to leave my car. How realistic is this distance? I am in good shape and feel that I can cover 15-20 miles/day but was not sure how many miles the new location of the terminus added, the maps I have show the start still being at Picket State Park. Thanks in advance for any information or advice.


Need help finding some trail angels Author: traildog
Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:50 pm (GMT -5)

So i heard of an awesome group of volunteers who help hikers resupply called "trail angles" . First how do i get in contact with them and secondly how does it work? I plan on thru hiking the ST in a few weeks and im am finding out the hardest part so far is the logistics.This will be my first thru hike im am super excited!

Handlebar Author: genes
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:25 am (GMT -5)

Does anybody know what happened to "Handlebar"? He started his through hike on the 22nd and his last post was on the 26th. Nothing since then.



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