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Sheltowee Trace Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Keavy, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 846 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views
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Jansino Matumbo
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Backpacking

Great trail, much longer than anticipated. Stayed by Laurel River the first night and at the 2nd shelter on Sheltowee trace. Overall great trip

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Greg Razmus
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Hiking

Tough in sections and hard to stay on trail possibly due to all the leaves covering the trail. Moderate - Hard. We hiked in to VanHook falls from a forestry road off of 192 then backtracked to some to head south. We finish the 1st day at 8.4 camping near Holly Bay campground. 2nd day with 13.4 camping at the Bark camp shelter. That's where my recorder cut off and then we finished the 3rd day 8.4 to Cumberland Falls. Totalling 30.2 miles. Trail was poorly marked in sections this was my 1st Section hike. I've done quite a few day hikes in the area. Love this trail fortunately I had someone with experience helping get through. The poorly marked sections were pretty tough. If I would have been by myself I probably would have had to give up and call for a pickup. This was my 1st overnight hike. So a more experienced hiker may not have the trouble I would have had.

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Brooks Kennedy
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Hiking

Tough trail run. Rocky and slick. Better hike to the water

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Steve Menkhaus
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very enjoyable trail beautiful at the end.

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Tiffany Rader
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Hiking

Trail was very low traffic. We got started a little late in the day and the trail got a little difficult to follow about halfway through so we turned around before we lost daylight.

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Robert Lair
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Hiking

This is a nice quiet section of the trace with beautiful scenery throughout. I hiked it on a Saturday morning/afternoon and I saw no one, so plenty of solitude if that's what you're looking for in a hike.

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Mo Cheeks
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Hiking

Saw some queef mongers walking barefoot. Hippies gross me out. Besides that it was beautiful. Love the midway point where the rocks overlap and it spills out into the river

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Chad Christian
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Hiking

Did this one in the rain. Beautiful!! Well worth the trip, trailhead is pretty close to the bridge. Have to cross guard rails to get to it.

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David Lennon
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Hiking

Liked it very much. At times it was hard to follow with no leaves on in November. Nothing too tough coming out the hill will get your heart rate up but not overly tough. Over all a trail we liked.

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Mario Morales
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Alicia Bullock
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Hiking

nice cascades

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Chris Kaelin
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Challenging at the end coming back up. Trash on shore at the bottom. I think it’s caused by flooding. Sad. It would be a chore to pack it out. Maybe in a boat. Nice hike though.

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Benjamin Holt
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Finding the trail at first was a little difficult, the trailhead is probably 20 feet from the bridge. The trail itself doesn’t seem too hard but plants growing along the trail will have you pushing limbs, bushes, briars, and other plants out of the way of your walking path. At times the trail gets very narrow and often you will duck under low hanging limbs. The end of the trail is very pretty but some of the rocks and hills are a little steeper and challenging. Overall, the trail isn’t the best but the end of the trail is very worth it.

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Harvey Lewis
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Backpacking

Parking lot is a little sketchy looking, but I've never had a vehicle messed with. Cool little walk across the spillway to the trail head. Trailhead is marked pretty well. Plenty of signage since it's part of the Sheltowee. Just stay to the right of the road and you cant miss it. Trail is an easy hike with cool rock formations and some cool water scenes. Very child friendly.

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Jason Bates
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Beautiful hike once you get about a mile in. Lots of rock formations and the river is nice.

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Gaby Cee
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Hiking

It was very hard to find the beginning. No signs. Park to the right, before you cross bridge, then hop curb side railing on the other side of the road. Started out simple, not much scenery, but then started getting better about 3/4 of the way. Nice rock formations, a few small caves, if you deviate from the path just a bit. Not too strenuous until you make your way back, only because you are making your way back up. Didn't run into any animals, but saw some droppings and paw prints. Pretty much shaded throughout. Nice trail. Not alot of markers though. Trail wasnt too hard to follow, lots of leaves. Recommend hiking shoes/boots. Take a little lunch, can rest at the halfway point down by the river. Peaceful

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Brandon Pennington
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Hiking

Nice hike

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Stephen Lord
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Easy in but straight up hill on way back out

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Scott Tylicki
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Ron Gruzesky
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Blake Walker
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Scott Minor
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James Shackleford
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Jeff Muzik
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