Sheltowee Trace


Trail MarkerThe Sheltowee Trace (#100) is a a 269-mile multiple-use national recreation trail that traverses the length of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The trail begins at Pickett State Park, Tennessee and ends near Morehead, Kentucky. It's name means Big Turtle the indian name given to Daniel Boone by the Shawnee Indians. The trail was dedicated on June 23, 1979.

The Sheltowee goes though Cumberland Falls following the Cumberland River to places like Dog Slaughter Falls, Star Camp and Bark Camp Creek. The trail continues to Laurel Boat Ramp where the Cumberland River meets Laurel River. From there it follows along Laurel River passing through a natural gap to Laurel Lake. Trail 100 continues through the Daniel Boone National Forest tracking to Natural Bridge and the Red River Gorge area. Continuing north the trail reaches Cave Run Lake before ending at its northern terminus at Hwy 377 just past Morehead

Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls is 125 feet wide and 68 feet tall. Because of the angle of the falls if there is Full Moon it is possible to see a moonbow (a night rainbow) which is unique to these falls. Cumberland Falls is sometimes called the "Niagara of the South". It is the largest Fall in the state of Kentucky.

This section of Sheltowee (10.8) merges with Moonbow trail #1 just past the restrooms at Laurel Boat Ramp. There are some nice camping sites along this section including Bark Camp Creek, Star Camp and Dog Slaughter Falls. The trail follows along between the Cumberland River and the large bluffs above crossing several creeks before reaching Cumberland Falls.

Laurel Lake

Laurel Lake is a 5,600 acre lake with 200 miles of shore line located within the Daniel Boone National Forest. One of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky, Laurel Lake is known for it's emerald green coves and cliff-lined shores.

The Laurel Lake section from the KY 192/1193 trail head to the Laurel Boat Ramp (11.0) is notable for it's beautiful lake vistas and emerald green water. The trail winds in and out along the fingers of the lake passing by campgrounds, boat docks and marinas. There are many access points to this trail, if you plan to leave a vehicle over night be sure to contact ranger station to let them know your agenda.

After crossing over 1193 at the Laurel Dam, the trail becomes more rugged moving up and down before passing through a natural break in the escarpment. This area is interesting for it's large cliffs and rock houses. The trail continues to Laurel Boat Ramp (also called Noe's Ramp) Where the Cumberland and Laurel Rivers meet. There are toilets but know water at the ramp.

Cane Creek

Laurel Lake (KY 192) to Pine Mountain Church passes through the Cane Creek area. Points of intrest include Van Hook Falls and Big Dog Branch. This section of the trail can be rugged at times, but you are rewarded with the surrounding beauty.

Red River Gorge

The Red River Gorge is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky . It can be accessed just off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, KY. The Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center is also located at the Slade exit. The Red River Gorge has many beautiful sandstone arches and fabulous overlooks. The Red River flows through the middle of the gorge and has class I, II and III rapids.

The Red River Gorge section begins at Natural Bridge and passes the the heart of the gorge before working it's way through the north section of the Cliffty Wilderness area.

Cave Run Lake

The Cave Run Lake is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, 60 miles east of Lexington, Ky. The 8,270-acre recreation area is well known for its rugged beauty. Cave Run Lake has a host of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing, backpacking and camping.

The Cave Run Lake section of the Sheltowee Trace begins at KY 1274 and follows the challenging ridgetops through Clear Creek Lake Recreation area, around Cave Run Lake and finally passing to the north through Recreational Area.

Pickett State Park (Southern Terminus)

The 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, both areas containing prime wilderness country. Explore large rock houses, natural sandstone bridges, scenic bluffs, and wild mountain streams.

Last Modified 2/16/17

Cumberland Falls RainbowKentucky Contacts

Red River Gorge
Stanton Ranger District
705 W. College Ave.
Stanton, KY 40380
(606) 663-2852

Sheltowee Trace
London Ranger District
761 S. Laurel Road
London, KY 40744 606-864-4163

Tennesse Contacts

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Park Headquarters
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, Tennessee 37841
Park Headquarters - (423) 569-9778
Visitor Center - Tennessee - (931) 879-3625
Visitor Center - Kentucky - (606) 376-5073

Pickett State Park
4605 Pickett Park Highway
Jamestown, TN 38556
(931) 879-5821

Getting There

Trail head 192/1193—Take I-75 to London Ky, exit on KY 192 west to Junction at KY 1193. Trail head parking is on the left just before the junction.

Laurel Lake Dam—Take I-75 to London Ky, exit on KY 192 west to Junction at KY 1193. Turn left and follow KY 1193 to Dam.

Cumberland Falls—Southbound on I-75 exit Corbin, Ky, on KY 25 south. Follow KY 25 to KY 90 and turn right, continue west on KY 90 into the park.

Cumberland Falls—Northbound on I-75 exit Goldbug, Ky, on KY 25 north. Follow KY 25 to KY 90 and turn left, continue west on KY 90 into the park.

Trail head Ky 1274—Take I-64 to KY 36 Owingsville exit. Follow KY 36 to KY 1274, Turn left.

Cave Run Lake—Take I-64 to US 60 exit 123. Follow US 60 to Salt Lick, KY. Turn right on KY 211, follow through town. Turn left on Clear Clear Creek Rd.

Pickett State Park—Take I-40 to Exit 317 and take Hwy. 127 north for 46 miles. Turn right on Hwy. 154 and travel another 12 miles to the park entrance.

Pickett State Park—Southbound on I-75 take KY 461 south to KY 80, take 80 west to U.S. 27, take 27 south to Oneida and follow TN 297 west to TN 154. Turn Right follow TN 154 2.6 miles, park is on the left.

Pickett State Park—Northbound on I-75 take TN 63 west to U.S. 27, take 27 north to Oneida and follow TN 297 west to TN 154. Turn Right follow TN 154 2.6 miles, park is on the left.

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