Remote-feeling sections of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
Notice: according to our research, this trail does not have legal public access. The route is not shown on the map.
This is a point-to-point route combining sections 19, 20, and 21 of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.
The route has a remote feel with several creek crossings. S-Tree Campground can be accessed from the western end.
This section starts at the intersection of FS Road 3047 and Hale Ridge Road, making its way south towards Cooperas Cave Branch. Most of this section is located in a remote area above War Fork Creek. The route then parallels Forest Service Road 345 and follows a series of benches above the creek, providing easy pedaling.
The last three miles of this section climbs the Middle Fork drainage and crosses Forest Service Road 376.
This section begins on the north side of County Road 376, crossing KY 89 and then running parallel to the highway before turning south and running along Forest Service Road 3115. The trail then crosses 3115 and descends to Elisha Branch, passing below some large boulders and overhanging cliffs along the way.
From there, the route heads northeast on Forest Service Road 370 to US 421. The trail leaves US 421 at the Daniel Boone National Forest sign on Birch Lick Creek where it enters the forest.
The trail crosses Birch Lick Creek and then climbs to Forest Service Road 3062. It parallels the road before turning south toward Hooten Branch. There are three creek crossings as well as some steep and rocky sections heading out of Hooten Branch.
This section starts at Forest Service Road 3085 and runs parallel to the road that accesses S-Tree Campground. From there, the route continues through a particularly beautiful section, following Forest Service Road 437 along Raccoon Creek and Horse Lick Creek. There are several creek crossings which are reinforced with concrete planks. During periods of heavy rain, these crossings may flood and become dangerous to cross.
This section ends where Forest Service Road 455 fords Horse Lick Creek at Wolf Pen Branch.