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


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New Lunar Trek Opens in 2015

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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. 



Still time to join the Challenge and Register for Section Two

64 backpackers braved the January cold to complete section one of the 2015 Hiker Challenge. (See Photos Above)  Both teams struggled with cold and rain or snow to cover the first section from the Northern Terminus to Amburgy Rock /  Morehead.  For many, this was the first time to hike over 15 miles in a single day and camp on the cold ground for a night. 

Participants will continue on each month, covering about 30 miles a month til they reach the southern terminus at Burnt Mill Bridge in the Big South Fork in November.

There is still time for you to join for one hike or for the whole Challenge.  Visit the links below to get registered for the next section at the end of February.  If February is your first hike, please complete the Initial Registration.  IF you have completed a section there is no need to go back and do the "Initial Registration" again. 

New hikers should be prepared to sign the Release of Liability and Media Release when they meet the shuttle at the next hike. 

Click to complete Section Two registration.  


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.

Click here for details.