Since the opening of the Trace, from time to time brave, experienced mountain bikers attempt to ride the length of the Trace to become that first mountain biker End - 2 - Ender.

Two young men, back in January, 2000 seem to have come the closest to finishing the Trace on mountain bike.  Matt Hoyes and Matt Johnson made a noble attempt but had to by-pass a couple sections in those days when they ran out of time.   Here is a link to the journal of their attempt and photos from along the way.

Our Unprecedented Journey Across Ky's Sheltowee Trace

Recently, Mike Miser from Ohio, attempted to ride the Trace on his "fat tire" bike only to come up short at McKee.  

If you are interested in attempting to complete this challenge, bear in mind that there are a number of sections where mountain biking is prohibited and you will have to ride around those sections on Forest Service Roads or on local highways.  

The STA can assist you in your planning in this effort.  Contact the STA Office for details.


Attempting to Ride the Trace End - 2- End

Mountain Biking

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

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