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Sheltowee Trace Trail to KY 192 is a 20.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Corbin, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until July. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 20.8 mi Elevation gain 1,742 ft Route type Point to Point
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Wild flowers Rocky Scramble
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Parking was no problem at any of the trail head locations

Access from Corbin via Hwy 90 to Cumberland Falls and Bee Creek Rd and Robert Blair Hwy for Lake portions.

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Allison Stevens
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HikingGreat!Over grownRockyScramble

This trail is beautiful but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete it if you're dayhiking, especially if you're traveling sobo. South of the Holly Bay area the trail isn't well marked and can be difficult to keep track of in the overgrowth and it's worse once it starts to get dark. Honestly this is one of the more challenging sections of the Sheltowee to navigate.

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Casey Perez
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Backpacking

I just completed the hike earlier today. I’m not a super hiker trash, but want to be. I couldn’t say a bad thing about this trail. Started at Van hook on Friday and hiked in about a mile past Holly Bay. Excellent spots for me and my buddy to hang our hammocks. Next morning hiked to about a 1/4 mile from Dog Slaughter falls. Great changes of scenery and wish I would’ve brought my fishing pole . Next day went to Dog Slaughter and completed the hike. Tips 1.Do this from Vanhook, ending at the falls is so rewarding. 2. Laurel lakes water sucks, hike in what you want to drink and use the lake for boiling for cooking. So glad I had Gatorade packets after filtering the water. 3. Water sources- Just before you get to the Laurel River camel up and depending how much farther you wanna go carry what you need until you get to Bear Camp creek. There is a shelter there. Next good water source is at Dog Slaughter if you want to keep going and that’s a great next source. Should be good from there until Cumberland. I will say it hadn’t rained in a bit so there could be other sources after rains. 4. Campsites along Laurel are good after Holly Bay campground. Very scenic. Decent camp spot at the Laurel River. Little bit of trash, but good for tents and hammocks. Stretch between the boat ramp and Bear camp creek are few and far between. Shelter was decent, but there is a decent site for camping next to the river. We camped just before DS falls and it was awesome. Not much in between Bear and DS. Plenty of sites after that. 5. Bring a fishing pole and good shoes and when in doubt follow the water. Trust me . I can’t wait to do this again.

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Shellie A. Labell
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Charlie Akerblom
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HikingGreat!

Did this as a weekend hike, camping alongside the trail as we went. We actually completed this route in reverse, beginning at KY192 on Friday evening before dark and finishing in Cumberland Falls on Sunday afternoon. Extremely scenic route. Lots of great views. Plenty of worthy places to camp, particularly along the river. I recommend either printing out pictures of the route or having a charged phone with screenshots of the route so that you can maintain situational awareness and stay on track, particularly when trying to navigate across the dam and connect to the section of the trail along the Cumberland River. Keep an eye out for the turtle marker! Don’t mistake the tiny creek you cross for the Laurel River on the Map, nor the Laurel River for the Cumberland River on the map. There’s no missing the Cumberland River once you reach it. It was much wider than we expected. Have fun and enjoy!

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Elisha Hower
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gary haller
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Hiking

very pretty hike. very nice rock shelters. some trash left on trail. water falls are beautiful.

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DF Plays
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BackpackingBridge outMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

Started off really well but after the dam the trail led up different places than we were supposed to be. There was a section that was all the way down into this little creek area surrounded by large rock walls. You have to climb down this hill and where the creek is, over two very large boulders and the trail picks up on the other side. When we first were at the top of the hill the trail went cold right in front of a small cave. All in all this was a fun trip but I would recommend taking a machete because some parts of the trail are highly overgrown. That tells me not many people see the other side of the dam. Also make sure you wear boots that can handle slippery surfaces, you will face a lot of rock on the trail if you go all the way through and they will be covered in moss making them slick. Make sure you download the map on alltrails because there were instances when we were lost and had to use the app to find where the trail was. One of the bridges was out and had slid down the rocks so we had to climb across to get to the trail on the other side. Plenty of bugs and ticks on this trail so make sure you bring some spray.

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Shawnda Mounce
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Hiking

Rather enjoyed the hike! Going in was rather easy . Well marked and path was clear! Coming out was a little rough mostly up hill but worth the adventure at the end .. all in all a great day spent hiking :)

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Caitlin Harlow
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Don Risser
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HikingBridge outOff trailRockyScramble

Trail was one of the best I’ve been on for scenery. Bad timing for me though. River crested banks and flooded parts of the trail. Had to bushwhack several times. The alternate flood route at mile 8 is very poorly marked. Avoid if possible. The All trails guide for the alternate route is inaccurate. Had to bushwhack and climb down a cliff.

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Desiree Forqueran Katz
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HikingRockyScramble

well marked and maintained. couldn't get past some rocks with my dog so had to turn back

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Eric Frash
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HikingBridge outClosed
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Joshua Hood
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HikingRocky

Not easy. Lots of big rocks to sit under.

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Annmarie DeAngelis
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. The trail follows the course of the Cumberland River. Very peaceful.

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Megan Williams
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HikingClosedRockyScramble

This trail was gorgeous, and I would absolutely do it again. However, in two spots the trail was closed and rerouted, and at that point it became very difficult to follow. I ended up scaling some boulders, which was difficult, but I would “get lost” that way again without hesitation. I ended up in a beautiful secluded spot eating lunch on a big flat boulder in the river. It was stunning. The falls are worth the trip, without a doubt. Retrospectively, it probably isn’t a trail I will hike alone again though.

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