Northern Terminus :  Forest Service Parking lot on Rt. 377 in Rowan County, Kentucky. 25 miles from Morehead your first trail town along your journey.

Southern Terminus:  Burnt Mill Bridge Trail Head in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  In the Big South Fork the Trace share trail designations with multiple trails in the BSF system.  

Mileage:  As of October 1st 2014, the Trace is now 319 miles long. 


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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:

STA Livingston Visitor and Training Center: P.O. Box 360, Livingston, Ky. 40445


Recently, the American Hiking Society award a grant to the Sheltowee Trace Association to help with the planning and construction of a staircase at Vanhook Falls.  The trail currently goes up or down a steep slope depending on your hiking direction that can be a muddy challenge during rain and snow seasons.  

The STA is partnering with Ross Tarrant Architects in Lexington to develop the plans for this staircase.  We will be working with the Forest Service to gain approval of the design with a target date of 1 September for completion.  

In addition to funds for the staircase, the STA also received funds within the grant for the purchase of new NRT signs, most of which have been on the Trace for over 35 years. 

Members and friends of the Trace are asked to help us see this staircase completed by making a donation to our Access and Development Fund.  Click the donate now button to make your tax-deductible donation today. 


Not into lots of miles and sleeping overnight in the Forest?  The 2.0 version of the STA Hiker Challenge may be your way to see the whole Trace, section by section over two years.

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"Trail Check".  We still have section open that need checked.  Visit the Trail Check page for details on how you can sign up to check a section of the Trace.  If you got a day to walk, ride the section and turn in a report, it will help us know where we need to put our volunteer resources.

Support the STA "Off the Road & Into the Woods" Drive!  

Plans in 2015 call for the movement of the Trace off Tarr Ridge Road in the Cumberland District and into the Clifty Wilderness. This will cut 5 miles of road walk off the Trace and open up new areas of the Daniel Boone National Forest to foot traffic.  We can't do it without your financial support.  Each mile will cost about $1,500.00.  You can help by donating today to the STA Access Fund.

In 2015 there are plans to build a staircase at Van Hook Falls with an observation platform to provide safer more scenic access to the Trace at Van Hook Falls.  This is a $5,000.00 project.  You can help by donating today to the STA Access Fund.  

These are just two of the many trail projects we have on the drawing board to improve your access to the Trace.  The bottom line is, the more funds we can raise the more we can do to improve your trail experience.  

Please consider donating to this end of year campaign.  Your gift is tax deductible and will help us continue the work of the STA, "preserving, protecting and promoting" the Trace for generations to come.