The Sheltowee Trace Association
A 501c(3) non-profit formed to protect, preserve and promote the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational 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.
Discover and Enjoy Kentucky's Long Trail
Sheltowee Trace Association, 63 Burtonville Rd., Tollesboro, Ky. 41189 Phone: 606-584-7744
On the Trace - Trail volunteers build, relocate, and design trails, clear blowdowns, and repair shelters and trail structures. Volunteers can join a STA Trail Crew for routine maintenance activities, serve on the trail committee, volunteer as a sawyer, trail crew leader, become a trail or shelter adopter, monitor the Sheltowee Trace protective corridor, or lead interpretive hikes and overnight adventures.
In the STA Office - Volunteers assist in all aspects of STA program areas including communications, fundraising, grant writing, membership development, volunteer coordination and development, and more.************************************************************************
The visionary builder of The Sheltowee Trace, Verne Orndorff, modeled Kentucky's Long Trail after the grandfather of all hiking trails in America, The Appalachian Trail. He envisioned hikers stopping at shelters or Park and Forest Campgrounds for a good nights rest and where needed shelters to be built like those on the A.T.. The result is, the Trace has three shelters,
Cotton Patch in the Big South Fork,
and two above Cumberland Falls
at Starr Creek and
Bark Camp Creek.
The STA has taken on the responsibility of "caretaker" for these shelters and we need your help in fulfilling that responsibility. Maybe you will become the "caretaker" or one of these shelters. As "caretaker" the STA would ask you to:
You would not be alone in this effort. Additional volunteers would be recruited for repair projects and trail maintenance as needed. Mostly we are asking you to just hike out and check on things and meet and greet anyone that might be staying the night in the shelter.
If you are interested and want more info on how short cuts into the shelters, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE STA - Here is a list of upcoming planned volunteer opportunities or volunteer jobs within the STA. You do not have to be a member of the STA to volunteer. To volunteer just send an email to email@example.com with your name, email address, phone, mailing address and the date and name of the project where you want to help.
In 2011 the STA was awarded an $85,000.00 grant from the Federal Government and the Forest Service to harden the Trace between Highway 490 and the Turkeyfoot Campground. Thousands of pallets of concrete locking blocks have been delivered by multiple tractor trailers. Now comes the hard part. By hand the Forest Service has begun to lay those blocks. But before they get place down, the holes are drained of water, filled in with native soil from the area, weed block is put down and a stone bed. Then the 5 pound tiles are locked in place. Some of these areas are several hundred feet long and the width of the Trace.
Years of use by all parties has contibuted to these holes being by-passed and the result is an even wider trail. With your help we can end these by-pass trails and get the Trace back where it belongs.
Volunteers are needed. You can work as a group, or individually. Volunteers need to contact the STA to schedule your trip. The Forest Service is working 6 days a week most weeks to get this work done. They have two men, that's all.
Volunteers must be in good health, able to walk a mile or more to the job site possibly, able to bend and work on your hands and knees. You should dress for the weather, bring water and food for the journey. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few photos of the work.