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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Highway 80 and South --

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 ChallengeOut & About on The Trace My Ultra-Lite pack

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Recent Discussion

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

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.


Free Trail Race in RRG, April 26 Author: WDW4
Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:56 am (GMT -5)

This trail race is a bare-bones approach to trail racing, with all of the challenge and none of the frills. Learn more at

I'd love to see some of you trail hounds out there!

Tennessee Start Point Author: Bkmac00
Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:01 pm (GMT -5)


My son and I are going to hike the trail and are in the initial planning stages. Can I get the address to the beginning of the trail in Tennessee? We are wanting to do 75 - 100 miles or so over a couple days.

Thanks and WHODAT

Thru hiking the sheltowee Author: Jtsvec
Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:02 pm (GMT -5)

I'm going to be thru hiking this for the first time this summer. How long does it normally take? How many miles a day is normal? How do you resupply during it? Is there a guide book I can buy? Does it matter on which direction you hike, either south to north, or north to south? Any and all information is greatly appreciated.

Southern Portion Hike Author: JTG
Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:20 pm (GMT -5)

I'm planning on hiking the southern portion of the Sheltowee with my father over spring break. We're hoping to spend about five days, hiking north from Big South Fork to the Cumberland Falls. But I had a few questions

1. Can we get it done? We'll have no trouble averaging 15 miles a day, and don't plan on layovers. We did the North-South at Land Between the lakes (a sixty mile trail) in four days. However I recognize the Sheltowee is a lot less level and involves greater elevation changes, and wondered about conditions in march in reference to our hike? Will flooding be an issue?

2. Is the trail well marked from south to north? m
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STA Sheltowee Endurance Hike Challenge Author: Traildust
Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:42 pm (GMT -5)

First here. Last Saturday in April - April 26

Start Time: 6 am on Saturday April 26
End Time: 6 pm on Sunday April 27

Sheltowee Endurance Challenge
72 Miles in 36 Hours
Start Point - Cumberland Falls State Park
End Point - Livingston Ky Trail Head on Rt 25

This is a backpacking event with multiple checkpoints that require participants to clear a check point by a set time or be eliminated from the course.

Registration Information will be released shortly.
Check us out at and on facebook in the hiking groups under The Sheltowee Trace. Sign up and join the discussion. Be
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New Member Orientation Author: Gambit McCrae
Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:26 am (GMT -5)

Hello to all! I will keep this short..

What is the hiker challenge? Race, self goal etc? When does the 2014 race begin? link for registration please? Is it team oriented or as a whole group.

As an outsider looking in it has been hard to track down these questions. Because it is stated as a challenge I am guessing that the trail is broken into heavy mileage sections and hiked either as a race or self challenge of completion as a group. Thanks in advance for the explanation.


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