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Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 24 (S)

Intermediate/Difficult
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This obscure section of the Trace is surprisingly enjoyable. Unless you break a spoke!


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

Singletrack

1,388' 423 m

High

966' 295 m

Low

596' 182 m

Up

1,001' 305 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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For information see the USFS page.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by J. Matt

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A nice pice of smooth singletrack through a beautiful forest.
Jun 20, 2017 near London, KY
Suspension bridge over Sinking Creek.
Jun 20, 2017 near London, KY

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Aug 17, 2019
Joshua Clarke
Tail very overgrown in many areas, making riding very difficult. fallen trees larger than I could clear myself mean you're getting off your bike t… 12.2mi — 3h 10m
Jul 1, 2019
J. Matt
Confusing. Seems like the contributor says to stop at the second gravel road but the map show going all the way down to Spring Creek. 15mi — 2h 00m