“This obscure section of the Trace is surprisingly enjoyable. Unless you break a spoke!”
— Chris Chaney
This southern portion of Section 24 of the Sheltowee Trace NRT stands in stark contrast to the northern section which is colloquially known as Cromer Ridge. Mountain biking access to Cromer became collateral damage in the USFS's fight against ORV issues along that section.
The southern half of the section seems to be better managed as there is obvious (motorized) dirt bike traffic and the singletrack in this part has been hardened with interlocking concrete tiles. Despite the apparent motorized use, this part of the Sheltowee still has an intimate singletrack feel to it.
Begin at the trailhead off of KY 1956 and head south. You'll shortly encounter KY 80. Cross carefully. From the end of the guardrail, cross and head left (east) a few dozen yards along the ample shoulder to find the singletrack on the south side.
The Trace drops into the forest and winds and rolls deeper into the woods as the sounds of the highway fade behind you.
The section shown ends at a gravel road. You can ride out and back or keep going south and push for Cane Creek WMA and Laurel Lake beyond.