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

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.

Got to the website:
Help map trails by submitting your waypoints and trail photos.

Shuttle from North Terminus to 32 or vice versa Author: CmazzJK
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:33 pm (GMT -5)

I am in the process of section hiking the ST this year, and am looking at the section between the Northern Terminus to 32 for February. I began with the section from Whittleton Campground to Corner Ridge this past weekend, and am planning on chipping away North-South for the remainder of the trail. I was hoping for some information on shuttle service options for this section. Right now the third weekend is looking like my best option next month. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


Winter website upgrade Author: Boyd
Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:34 am (GMT -5)

We're upgrading our server to makes things faster and accommodate new stuff. If you see anything odd, let us know.

One thing you'll notice is the change in the old photo gallery. The old gallery looked better, but was extremely outdated. We've upgraded the Big Turtle Photo Gallery to a stable archive version (it still has all attributes and descriptions). Today most photos are posted on Flickr, instagram, Fb, etc... We investigating posting social media photos via the hastag.
Help map trails by submitting your waypoints and trail photos.

New Years Ride @ Laurel Lake Author: PR
Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:09 pm (GMT -5)

We had around fourty mtbrs total for our annual New Years ride. (Mtbrs are kinda like counting chickens; hard to get together ) This is running towards my 25th year out here on the first. Let me start early by inviting everyone out for our ride on the 1st in 2016!

Special thanks to Troy Hearn/State Bicycle Coordinator and KYMBA for their support, also Bill Crank @ Crankworks bikes and his staff (Fast crowd too).

Look for a couple of mtb related events on the Trace this year. Also plan for a Mckee to Livingston road ride this year (26mi one way, 52 out and back). I'd encourage all riders interested in getting out early to go
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Update: Newer GPS data Author: 10-k
Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:29 pm (GMT -5)

I'm preparing for a late January thru of the ST weather permitting and am wondering if there is a GPX file for the current route that includes the reroute through Morehead and in a perfect word the newest section in BSF that includes the additional mileage on the JMT.

On my 2013 thru my GPS was indispensable and I really hate to try and hike without it given the changes since I hiked.

I noticed there is a map at - can that be converted to GPX? I'd pay $$$ for it if so.


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