Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Denniston, KY that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.1 miles 2524 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

This trail is great for young kids. Plenty of rocks for climbing. The trail also ties into the Sheltowee Trace if you are looking for a longer jaunt. Other trails in the Red River Gorge get substantially higher traffic than this. No odd rock formations or waterfalls on this one though.

5 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

The trial map shown is incorrect. The Bison Way Trail is only a .46 mile connector trail to the Sheltowee Trace Trail, which is mainly what is shown on the map. I have suggested an edit. This trail doesn't really offer much, besides a quick way to get to Indian Staircase and Council Chamber Shelter, which earns it 5 *'s!

8 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

we took this trail to get to the indian staircase and it was great. its a heck of a climb up and down, but most anyone would be able to do it. we saw a few older people and even kids as young as 8 or 10. its a rough trail, but just take your time and you will be fine

hiking
1 year ago

Ended up running out of daylight by the time we made it to this portion so couldn't see that well, connects to Shelltowee Trace and can be used to get to Cloud Splitter and Indian Staircase wich are worth the Trip.We take Sheltowee to those points.

hiking
2 years ago

A decent hike with a well manicured trail. This trail joins the Sheltowee Trace Trail that will allow for all the hiking you desire. When you hit the Sheltowee Trace, if you go left the trail is not manicured as well but leads to some great rock outcroppings. I believe you can get all the way to the Sky Bridge if I'm not mistaken. It is an in-and-out hike. Lots of great campgrounds off this trail. If you are up for tent camping this could be a great trail for you.