“A technically challenging ride that's worth the great scenery - bring your camera.”
— Jeff Carter
Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 27 continues south into the Cumberland Falls State Park where bikes are not allowed. Be prepared to turn around at, or before, the park boundary and plan accordingly.
This section of Sheltowee Trace follows the Cumberland River south for a challenging, but visually rewarding out-and-back adventure. Be well prepared for a long day, there are few intersections and no easy way out. Monitor your stamina and turn around before you're exhausted.
What riders spend in exertion, they more than receive back in the views of this beautiful area that holds hundreds of waterfalls during the wet season or any time after a rain. The trail crosses many small streams and this is a good indication that a waterfall is nearby. You cannot always see them from the trail due to the dense forest. Just listen and let your ears guide you to them. Park your bike on the trail and take your camera to the sound. Most of them are only a few steps off the trail.
Section 27 continues through Cumberland Falls State Park, but bikes are not allowed on that portion of the trail within the park, so it's best to turn around at the intersection with the Dog Slaughter Falls Trail #414
. If you go across the bridge at Dog Slaughter Creek, the approximately 0.4 miles between it and the boundary get notably rougher the closer you get to the park.