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If you follow this map, you hit Princess Falls about halfway through. If you continue to follow it, it ends at Lick Creek Falls. You actually get three waterfalls on this trail counting the small Julia Lynn Falls.

One of the more interesting hikes I’ve done in Res River Gorge. I wouldn’t think that most people would rate it as easy, especially the first part including the Indian stairs but certainly doable. Also parts are not marked so well so the app is very handy.

road my horse many miles on this trail throughout the years. love it.

Great trail for an over night trip. Unlimited watering points, plenty of camping spots and a lot of scenery. Dog slaughter and Bark Camp Creek falls are off of this trail so that's an added bonus. A couple of Sheltowee shelters along the way also. Next to the RRG, probably the most hiked section of the Sheltowee.

Had a really good time driving atvs from S tree campground to turkey foot campground it took nearly six hours and was packed with scenic trails and rock formations had a blast and wil be back.

My absolute favorite place to go, easy hike as well!

Amazing trail to hike and camp on. There are so many different kinds of landscape and geological formations on this trail. Just completed it on Saturday afternoon and it took about 2 days at a comfortable pace. We collected drinking water from from the clean pools at the base of the waterfall closest to Bark Camp
Shelter using iodine tablets and it wasn't half bad. Definitely bring more water than you think you'll need. I packed in 2 gallons and it wasn't nearly enough. Get in touch with the folks at the DuPont Lodge ahead of time to schedule a return shuttle or a room for recovery. Definitely would do it again.

Only did to Princess Falls and back and I think it was about 2.5 miles total. The water fall wasn't flowing as heavily as I thought following a rain, but it was still beautiful.

The description is a little off- there are lots of great rock formations and you CAN see a little waterfall going over a big rock shelter. We hiked this trail as a loop and hiked back to the Sheltowee Trace trailhead on route 715 for about 1.5 miles. This trail offers the best of the gorge. It has jaw-dropping overlooks, cool rock features, giant rock shelters, interesting arches, and great camping spots. We took a side trail to climb Cloud Splitter and climbed through the gap and into a little cave you could see out of. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you see Indian Arch. Near here, there is a short detour to see another arch called Adena Arch. We continued on the unofficial trail along the top of the ridge and camped with a stellar view of the staircase itself. We met back with the official trail, hiked into the valley under the Indian Staircase ridge, and looked up to see a huge rock shelter. To complete the loop we veered off to the Bison Way trail and back to the road. This was a great weekend backpacking trip.

my best friend and I are section hiking the sheltowee this year. from what we've experienced, and talking to others who have hiked it's full length, the first 20 miles are the hardest. the first time we were out we hiked the northern terminus to dry branch road which is section 1-2. the next go will be next week and we hope to knock out the next half of the hardest miles. we were very disappointed by how many broads there were. it made finding a spot to camp, but the trail was easy to follow, challenging, beautiful and just our pace. it's also nice that there's not much traffic, but the trails are well maintained.

section 1 was a 10 mile hike up and down, and up and down. For your middle aged once a month hiker it was a tough days walk. There is limited water on section 1plan accordingly. Sections 2 and 3 combine for another 6 miles. They take you through a valley along a creek and over a rope bridge. The challenge is near the end, a very steep climb out of the valley. Scenery is beautiful.

This is one of my favorite places to go. The trail is pretty moderate to easy. There were a few downed trees we had to cross. Also, when we went there were several muddy areas along the trail.

My friends and I did this hike with our children (ages 3.5 to maybe 10ish) and my 3-year-old did fine on it.

The falls themselves are absolutely beautiful. I wish I would have known of this place sooner.

Absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

One of my favorite places to go! Beautiful and there were so many ferns and beautiful moss everywhere, if you're into that kinda stuff. The falls are remarkably beautiful.

Have done parts of this trail near Clear Creek in Salt Lick, KY. Beautiful trail in good condition. Will go back to hike more!

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.

Did a portion of this trail in the springtime.

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!

This is a section hike of the Sheltowee Trace. I have mapped it out after carefully studying multiple maps. I will be backpacking this section in a couple of weeks (Memorial Day Weekend) and will bring a copy of this map along with a map I purchased to reference and take notes. I will also record my trip and update this map upon completing the hike with any necessary changes and a follow-up review. I will do this for each section of the trail while trying to stay between 30-40 miles per each section. This will create a multitude of 3-day trips for those who may want to hike the Sheltowee Trace in sections.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

I will say this area is remote, and this section of the sheltowee trace is overgrown a bit. It is beautiful, but we managed to lose the trail a few times. We hit the trailhead at turkey foot campground, located at the back driving in. Keep an eye out for the trail, because of the en overgrowth we got side tracked a bit, but a great deal of it follows the river. I would rate this trail as more difficult than moderate.

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

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.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

This was my first taste of the Sheltowee and I was hooked. We started at Holly Bay and took out at Cumberland Falls. Bark Camp creek and Dog Slaughter was well worth the wait. We were there during hickory chicken season, and they were all over the place. Also if your big on Spoonbill, bring your pole because the trail runs parallel with the Cumberland River and they have some lunkers! Awesome hike for beginners!

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.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hiked point to point sections from Cumberland Falls area through DBNF to Dog Slaughter Falls to Bark Camp Shelter to Bark Camp Cascades to Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp to Laurel Lake Dam to Holly Bay Marina to Vanhook Falls in Laurel County. Approximately 18 to 20 miles. Mostly Easy to Moderate depending on weather conditions.

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