Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 26
ElevationAscent: 470' 143 m
Descent: -615' -188 m
High: 1,225' 373 m
Low: 1,034' 315 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
Popular rides nearby
The Forty 5
45.5 mi 73.3 km • Point to Point • 3,815 ft Ascent 1162.79 m Ascent
Kentucky Gravel Championship
63.5 mi 102.2 km • Loop • 4,949 ft Ascent 1508.49 m Ascent
Kentucky Trail Loop
18.6 mi 29.9 km • Loop • 1,810 ft Ascent 551.82 m Ascent
Chestnut Ridge Loop
11.2 mi 18.1 km • Loop • 770 ft Ascent 234.56 m Ascent
“Notoriously good riding along Laurel Lake on the Sheltowee Trace.”— Chris Chaney
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Then the ride is a race to the dam contouring in and out of inlets and hollows on well-drained and super fun singletrack.
Take care when passing through the camping areas as there can be foot traffic down to the shore for fishing and boat access and watch for blazes and signs when crossing roads and when passing through the marina area so as not to lose the trail. When in doubt angle back toward the lake. The Trace is never far from the lakeshore in this section.
The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association has a long-standing New Year's Day get together beginning from the dam and riding north out and back as far as you dare before your appendages freeze.
You can begin at the north end where the Sheltowee crosses 1193 or at the dam. I like starting at the dam because you climb up to 1193 at the halfway point. The benefit of starting at the northern end is that you can also sample the more-technical section of the Trace to the north heading into Cane Creek WMA from the same trailhead.
Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office