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. 


The Sheltowee Trace Association is teaming up with Network for Good to make donating to the work of the STA safer, more secure and easier.  The day to day operations of the STA are totally funded by our membership program, unobligated gifts to the organization or special fund drives for a specific cause of purpose.  Using Network for Good, we are able to let you see all your options in one page, making your decision easier.

We will continue to use our PayPal account for Trading Post transactions, membership due and event fees. 

​Click on the link below and make a donation today so that we can continue the work tomorrow. 


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.


SEPTEMBER 5,6,7 2015

Trail Check results are in and its time to get busy this fall clearing the Trace of downed trees and blockages.  This September, over the Labor Day Weekend, volunteers are needed to work on the Trace in the Morehead area and the Mouth of the Laurel area.  Work teams will be out on Saturday and Monday with Sunday as a day of rest and relaxation.  

This year, we will stage our Laurel Lake Team at the Holly Bay Marina Campground.  The STA will reserve you a campsite for the whole weekend or just a portion.  You bring your own food, gear, and we provide the tools for clearing the Trace between Mouth of the Laurel and Dog Slaughter Falls.  Work Saturday and Monday with Sunday set aside for some fun on the beach or on the lake.  Work will begin at 9 am on Saturday and Monday and end by 4:30.  

This is strenuous work with volunteers having to walk several miles along the Trace carrying tools and gear necessary to clear the Trace. 

​In Morehead, team members will meet on Saturday at the beginning of Forest Service Road 977 at 9:00 am to clear litter from each cross road that is used for camp sites.  Volunteers will then go to the end of the road and clear the segments of the Trace that cross back and forth along 977.  On Sunday, volunteers will be split with half meeting at Highway 801 Ranger Station parking lot and work north from there clearing the Trace.  The other half will leave from trail head near Amburgy Rock and head south to meet up with other volunteers.   Tools will be provided but you may bring loopers, snips, etc.  

All volunteers must sign a waiver and attend a safety briefing before participating.  Volunteers are responsible for their own food, and are required to wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

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. 


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