Office: 111 East First St. Morehead, KY 40351

Cell:  606.386.3636      Office: 606.691.4173                                       Email:

The Third Annual STA Hiker Challenge gets underway the second and third weekends of January.  Participants will begin in the south at the new southern terminus at Leatherwood in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and head north.  Backpackers can choose on of two teams to hike with and can switch back and forth between teams.  Team 1 hikes on the second weekend and Team 2 hikes on the third weekend. 

Registration is now open with a limit of 60 participants total.  More detailed information on the schedule, equipment, cost is found on the 2014 Hiker Challenge page.  Click this link  2014 Hiker Challenge Info

The STA opened its first regional office in Morehead recently with the help of our partners, Morehead Tourism Commision and the Morehead Conference Center.  The new office is co-located within the Conference Center offices.  Office hours are flexible at the moment as we ramp up the Trail Town Initiative and work the re-route of the Trace down Main Street in Morehead.  

Call before you come if you want to speak with the ED.  If you want information, brochures, maps, guidebooks, the Conference Center staff can assist you.  

New Year, New Challenge

New Regional Office Opens

Protecting, Preserving, Promoting The Sheltowee Trace NRT


The long planned reroute of the Trace in the Morehead Kentucky area has moved one step closer to reality with the issuing of the "Scoping Documents" by the Forest Service.  The document, available for download by clicking here, details the reasons for the reroute, the planned new route and the process for public comment in support or against this action.

From the day the STA was organized, this section of the Trace has been the number one priority for reroute to increase user safety, shorten the number of road miles, and to provide potential economic stimulus to the downtown business district.

If the planned reroute is approved, the STA anticipates construction on the new trail off Mills Branch Road to begin in the late summer of 2014.

The Sheltowee Trace Association

A 501(c)3 non-profit formed to protect, preserve, and promote the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail as a significant national resource for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers, and equestrians, and for the value that wild and scenic lands provide to all people

Office: 111 East First Street, Morehead, Ky. 40351 --- Telephone: 606.386.3636 --- Email:



Visit the 32 Hour Challenge page for details on how you can register and get ready for the challenge of hiking with a limited backpack, 55 miles in 32 Hours!  This first ever single event, hiking, will test your endurance, navigation skills, and drive to complete this adventure.  Registration is now open so click on the 32 Hour Enduranceand off you go.  Space is limited so please don't wait.  Sign up today and get ready for a long hike.

Regional Forester Proposes Closing All Caves and Abandoned Miles on Forest service Property

Here is link to the scoping document which outlines the intended action on the part of the South Region forester which will impact Kentucky.  The document outlines how you can respond.

Click Here to Download the Scoping Document