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Sheltowe Trace Trail

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Head north and follow the Sheltowee Trace Trail around the lake for 10 miles or so and then cross KY 192 for as much more singletrack as you want. Its about 100 miles to the end from here with lots of access points. Sheltowee Trace is a 250 mile long, mostly singletrack trail that is awesome in some places and great in all others. There are a few short hike-a-bikes but the views are spectacular. According to the rangers I spoke with, all of Sheltowee Trace is open to mountain bikes except the 5 miles or so around Cumberland Falls. This trail is made for epic rides. It is multiple use in most all areas, except for ORV's, so use your IMBA rules of the trail.
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Latitude
37.170165884620566
Longitude
-84.16900634765625
Trail Directions
At the Corbin, Ky exit take 25W to 1193. 1193 takes you straight to Holly Bay Campground and the dam at the Laurel Lake. Park here.
Trail Length
250 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Williamsburg/London/Corbin
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: leonnolen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Traveling for business and had a little time. Rode the trace North of Morehead Ranger Station Vist Center on KY 801. I rode from 801 to US 60 as an out and back.

This area was very good althought tuff on a SS. Returning from 60 to 801 was a great downhill.

Lakeveiw Ridge and Limestone branch off from this section and I will be back to ride an epic loop here.



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Review Date
August 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bryang ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just rode the section north from 192, and it is a real mind-blower. The first half mile or so is a relatively easy downhill, but after that it gets harder in a hurry. From mossy boulders, to rock gardens, to tight/rooty/offcamber downhills, this is definitely tech. There are several creek crossings, but the only bridges are over the deeper creeks-all the others are nice rocky splashers. Pack a lunch and picnic at the falls or in one of the small cave/overhangs on the way.

I took my hardtail and definitely regret leaving the dually at home. The majority of the climbs were not that steep, but chock full of roots & rocks, making it tough to keep the rear wheel glued down. Oh well, next time I'm bringing the big bike. Oh-almost forgot...this trail is definitely in BFE territory, so remember to bring a tool kit, etc, to avoid a long hike back.

I'm calling this a 4.5, due to non-looping route and some insanely difficult sections.

Recommended Route:
Park at the "Y" where 192 and Sheltowee intersect, and go either North or South on the trail. I took the North (this time) and had a blast. Due to the nature of the trail, most are out'n'backs, unless you have a shuttle at the next intersection.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You tell me and hit them next time as well:)



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Review Date
July 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Michael Joseph , from Free inhabitant of Kentucky

Summary:
very unjustified that MTB is not allowed on all single track hiking trails, hikers should appricate that the trails get just enuff use to keep them open from mountain bikes. "Multi-use" trails horses don't want bikes, the cars on the roads dont want bikes, bikers dont want horse crap bacteria infections that can eat a hole in your flesh. Hikers that don't like bikes really just don't like trails and are extremists in my view, maybe around very large population centers like the parks in califoria or around Denver, large squadrons of Mt Bikes can cause damage but the vast vast uninhabitated and little used portions of trails and public lands could use some traffic from MTB just to maintain access by the public. I have seen very nice trails grow over from lack of use in the last 25 yrs here in the northern areas of "the Boone" as it is nicknamed by the bat protectors...

Recommended Route:
sounds great but just to point out cause I found out the hard way, the sheltowee is closed to bikes in the Big South Fork but not in the Dannel Boone USFS areas not just Cumberland Falls

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the O&W multiuse trail from zenith to the bridge in the tenn. Big South Fork is fun when dry.



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Review Date
December 29, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: david , from cincinnati

Summary:
rode the same route and must say it might be some of the best riding in the eastern u.s. definately worth the trip.

Recommended Route:
i have ridden the exact same route. its a great trail and easy to access.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
cave run is also great and at the livingston, ky exit there are tons of trails behind the shell station that run for miles and miles into the daniel boone national forest.



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