WE MADE IT!!! THANKS TO OUR AMAZING DONORS! LEGACY FUND DONATIONS TOP $10,000.00
2018 THRU HIKING SEASON OPENS MARCH 1ST
Amazing, deeply awed by the support are inadequate words to describe the feeling we have for our incredible donors. As of March 5th, the "dollar for dollar" matching fund drive for the Verne Orndorff Legacy Fund has passed $10,000.00. This $10,000.00 will be match with an additional $10,000.00 enabling us to deposit $20,000.00 into this critical endowment fund. These donations and those to come will help us preserve the legacy of trail founder, Verne Orndorff and insure the future of the STNRT.
While we have closed out this effort donations are welcome year around in support of the future of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. For more information on the Orndorff Legacy Fund visit this link. To make your tax deductible gift to the STA Orndorff Legacy Fund, by check, make your donation out to
Sheltowee Trace Association
Attn: Legacy Fund
P.O. Box 360
Livingston, KY 40445
MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PLANNED FOR SPRING - SUMMER 2018
Planning is underway for the 2018 construction season on the Trace. This year, the STA is taking on the largest most complicated project in the history of the Association.
Working with the Big South Fork NRRA, the STA will be rebuilding the bridge that is out on Fall Branch near mile 304. For several years this footbridge has been down on one end.
The STA working with Big South Fork personnel over the course of several weekend visits to the site, will replace the existing structure with a new structure. The work will require the STA to raise an estimated $4,000.00 for materials for this project. To make a donation click HERE.
Most importantly, the STA will need an Army of Volunteers to help move the new materials in and the old materials out. This will require multiple trips by foot the 2 plus miles from Leatherwood to the bridge site.
Once clearance is obtained, the STA is targeting the first weekend in May to begin the project.
Potential thruhikers are starting to purchase maps, plan shuttles, develop their plans for a thruhike or section hike in 2018.
The STA has the resources and volunteers available to help with your plans.
Essentials for your thruhike:
Maps - The Trace maps are divided into North and South Map sets. The maps stop at Highway 421 in McKee, Kentucky. Save some money by purchasing a north bound or south bound navigation package (guidebook and both map sets) . Click HERE to go to our online store.
Guidebooks - There are two guidebooks available for your use. They are designed to give you a more point by point hiking experience. They are constructed based on the direction you will hike. Northbound starts at the Southern Terminus and goes north. Southbound, the Northern Terminus and goes south. Click HERE to purchase a trail guide.
Shuttles - The STA has a list of volunteers and commercial shuttle providers available. Reserving a shuttle is as easy as filling out the "Shuttle Request Form". We will pass along your request to the appropriate volunteers or commercial company who will contact you to confirm your shuttle. RESERVING A SHUTTLE AS FAR IN ADVANCE IS ENCOURAGED. Shuttle requests with less than 48 hours notice may or may not be honored.
YOUR SOURCE FOR MAPS, GUIDES, HATS, MUGS, AND OTHER PROMOTIONAL MERCHANDISE
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE STA TRADING POST
PLANNING A VISIT TO THE TRACE?
Thank you for visiting the STNRT. We welcome you and hope you have a great experience. We would like to ask you to voluntarily register your visit on our Guest Book so that over the course of the year we will know where visitors are coming from and what they have planned for their adventures on the Trace. This is voluntary and your information will only be used by the STA to help us protect, preserve and promote the Trace. This type of information helps us justify grant applications and plans with the land managers. To register click the button below. If you have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaders Needed for Hike the Trace in Laurel County
The London Laurel Lake Chapter of the STA will host monthly "Hike the Trace" in Laurel County. Hike leaders with proven experience on the Trace in the county are needed to lead each hike. If you are qualified and interested please contact Steve Barbour, executive director of the STA at email@example.com or by phone at 606.386.3636.
A list of planned hikes, distances, start and stop locations and dates of hikes is available HERE.
TRACE MEDIA CONNECTIONS
The work of the STA can only be accomplished through the generous donations of volunteer time and financial gifts. The STA is a member supported organization. We receive no state or federal funds for our work. We hope you will consider joining the organization and helping us continue our work protecting, preserving and promoting the Trace.