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Sheltowee Trace NRT: Sections 19, 20, 21



31.2 mile 50.1 kilometer point to point
0% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,767' 539 m
Descent: -2,083' -635 m
High: 1,493' 455 m
Low: 873' 266 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

Remote-feeling sections of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.

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This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.

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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.


Section 19:
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.

Section 20:
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.

Section 21:
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.


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Black Friday shopping
Nov 30, 2019 near McKee, KY
The climb up from the creek to the ridge has several technical sections that steep and have lots of loose rocks.
Oct 17, 2019 near McKee, KY
Descending down toward creek level, over loose rock terrain.
Oct 21, 2019 near McKee, KY
One of the creek crossings.
Oct 22, 2019 near McKee, KY
Big trees have fallen across the trail, which require you carry your bike and climb over.
Oct 17, 2019 near McKee, KY


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