Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 16
ElevationAscent: 742' 226 m
Descent: -678' -207 m
High: 1,304' 397 m
Low: 750' 229 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“The complete Section 16, including paved road.”— Chris Chaney
The Trace then turns south into a more intimate section of Little Sinking that has been abused by OHVs but when dry, has the feel of a nice dirt singletrack. Near the mouth of Little Sinking Creek, the Trace crosses Big Sinking Creek in a stunning location. On one side is an old stone bridge abutment and on the other is a magnificent limestone rock house. Immediately after crossing the creek, there is a steep and technical climb through a limestone band to gain a shoulder. The road turns back to gravel quickly, and after a moderate reprieve, you face the imposing New Virginia Road climb.
Once at the top, the riding relaxes to a gravel grinder on a broad ridge.
At KY 52 you can go left (east) to a county park with restrooms and a small country store.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office