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We have done a lot of the trails around Cumberland Falls, this particular route is a little confusing. It switches trail numbers a lot. It is beautiful and enjoyed going up to the fire tower, hadn't been there in many years. We didn't go to Dog Slaughter because the lack of rain means Dog Slaughter Falls wouldn't have had any water falling. Cumberland Falls is always beautiful and one of my all time favorite spots.
There is another trail system there called the Mary Ingles trail that is about 3.5 miles long. I wasn't too thrilled with the trail. There were parts with really tall grass, and wasn't all that scenic, besides one awesome view of the lake, and a frog pond towards the end.
We made this a loop starting at Skybridge. Took Low Gap trail to Rock Garden trail to Natural Bridge to Sheltowee Trace to Sand Gap. I enjoyed the hike very much. The Sheltowee and southern section of Sand Gap are pretty level and uneventful but still nice. The upper two thirds of the Sand Gap were very nice, lots of nice scenery with valley trails looking at rock outcropping and Rodendron's on the southern faces. Lot's of dark hollow's and overgrown vegetation at times which added to the pleasure of the hike. This trail is not crowded and is very quiet. Not very challenging in difficulty but very worthwhile.
This is a great trail. I really enjoyed it.
I had a little trouble finding the trailhead though. You can park at Scott's Gap loop trailhead or the visitors center.
Leaves covering the trail made it tough to see rocks and roots on the trail but that's to be expected this time of year. There are plenty of tough climbs with great views as the reward. It's possible to extend the run by doing Scott's Gap loop (3.2 mi) or Yost ridge trail. Bear Camp parking lot is about half way and could be a good spot to stash water.
we will hike this Sheltowee Trace in its full length. Started from the Northern terminal at the trail head on November 9th 2016. I will spend my 71st birthday on this hike with my son Tom. We left at 3pm and hiked in 2 miles and stopped for the night. Right away we are aware of deer. We are trying to get this hike in before Saturday's Deer Seasons open. This trail has many private property signs along the trail. The blaze marks are also very good. First night temperature got down to 31deg. At 4.2 miles there is a good camping spot with water to be filtered. At Dry branch which is 10miles there is water from a faucet at a property owner that is very hiker friendly. We left a vehicle here because it is close to the halfway point for this leg. We went on through the cattle gate here until we came to the next cattle gate. We made sure to close them to keep his cattle in. At 11 miles we set up another camp. Next morning set out again and came to Holly Branch and a road where we could filter water. This is at 12miles. From here it is up a valley then a steep climb to a log road that parallels Hi way 64 for about 3/4 miles where at 15 miles we cross over hi way 64. Walked the forestry Ridge Rd for 4 miles then to Morehead to get the other vehicle. Total hike was about 26 miles. The scenery is hilly with lots of wildlife. We plan to repeat this action on following legs. Take two vehicles. Put one at trailhead and the other one at the end.