Sheltowee Trace

photo: Image courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Type: Backcountry
Length: 269.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - ATV riding
Motorized vehicles - Four wheel drive
Motorized vehicles - OHV driving
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Daniel Boone National Forest, Spans the length of the Daniel Boone NF with many access points at highway crossings (S to N) State Route 92, U.S. Highway 27, State Route 80, I-75, U.S. Highway 421, State Route 402, U.S. Highway 460, U.S. Highway 60, I-64.
State(s): Kentucky
Counties: Rowan, Bath, Menifee, Powell
Latitude: 38.385
: -83.41633

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The Sheltowee Trace Trail National Recreation Trail was created in 1976 and stretches from the Leather Wood Trail Head in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee to northern Rowan County, Kentucky. The trail is named after Daniel Boone, who was given the name Sheltowee (meaning "Big Turtle") when he was adopted as the son of the great warrior Chief Blackfish of the Shawnee tribe .

The trail is mostly in the Daniel Boone National Forest, but also takes visitors through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, two large recreation lakes (Cave Run Lake and Laurel Lake), and many wildlife management areas. All but the southernmost 10 miles (16.09 km) are in Kentucky.

The trail may be multi-use, in certain sections, allowing horses, mountain bikes and off-road vehicles in some designated sections. Using Off road motorcycles, SUVs, 4x4, ATV's and even mountain bikes in certain areas can result in equipment confiscation and/or fines. While the southern terminus was moved in 2013, the trail into Pickett State Park remains open for those that wish to exit on that trail or wish to walk further down the scenic Rock Creek.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 700
Elevation High Point: 1,400
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Sheltowee Trace
Website: Sheltowee Trace Association

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Fred Marriott
Daniel Boone National Forest
1700 Bypass Rd
Winchester , KY 40391
(859) 745-3100



 Photo by Jim Blackwell.

Photo by Jim Blackwell.


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