Protecting, Preserving, and Promoting the
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail
Donate Today to the $40 for 40 Drive
Help Fund Trail Extensions and Reroutes in 2019
Our volunteer trail crews will be busy this summer working on the normal trail issues, rerouting the Trace, and building new trail from Brewster's Bridge back to Burnt Mill Bridge.
The STA has been awarded a '$6,000.00 grant to assist with this work. It is a matching grant so the STA needs to raise $6,000.00 to match the grant, and donate thousands of hours in volunteer time to these projects.
To help fund these projects and to honor the Trace's 40th Anniversary, we have created the $40.00 for 40 campaign. We are asking you to help us with a donation of $40.00. The goal is to at a minimum see 100 of our members and supporters join this campaign. This will get us a long way toward our goal of $6,000.00. As of 23 June, our anniversary, 25 donors have given almost $2,000. We have a goal of at least 40 donors in support of this campaign.
A Go Fund Me campaign page has been set up for your secure donation of $40 or any amount that you can give.
These trail changes are designed to improve your access and the trail experience as well as connect us to the National Trails Network and open the Trace up to users across the Southeast.
Save The Date
The 2019 TraceFest will be Columbus Day weekend, October 11, 12, 13 in Rugby Tennessee. In addition to some timely educational sessions, we will spend time hiking on the new Trace in Rugby, and working on the Trace from Brewster's Bridge north.
Camping will be available for a small fee and food is available in town. We hope you will save the date and join us for TraceFest 2019.
Big South Fork NRRA and Daniel Boone National Forest Approve Reroute of Trace!
The Trace continues to change, evolve as we work to move the route off of roads where possible. Working with the leadership of the Big South Fork NRRA and the Stearns District of the DBNF, we have secure a new route for the Trace south of Rock Creek.
The new route uses Wilson Ridge Road to take hikers/backpackers over to the Kentucky Trail. The route then follows the Kentucky Trail for 20 miles till it exists on the Laurel Hill Trail to Divide Road where you rejoin the existing trail to Peter's Mountain and down to Great Meadows.
This reroute will reduce the road walk by 4 miles and lengthen the Trace by 10 miles. The current Trace in this area will be renumbered and reblazed. The STA will by July 1st have the Kentucky Trail blazed with the STNRT blaze and remove the blazes from the Trace from Beech Grove to Divide Rd.
Your support to the 40 for 40 Campaign and the Rue Access Fund through our GoFundMe page will help us to continue to improve access and reroute the Trace off of roads where possible.
Help us keep track of trail use: Tell us your plans
Many people use the Trace every day for various activities: backpacking, hiking, horse riding, biking, and off-road driving. We need to keep track, as much as we can, how the trace is getting used and how often. This is great info for the Board of Directors to see why users are coming to the Trace and to share with the Forest Service / Park Service. These numbers play a part in how the Sheltowee Trace Association gets funded. If we can't prove the trail is getting used, we can't get funding to maintain it. Fill out this form and tell us your plans! Thank you!
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Your Ideas & Thoughts are Needed for 2019 Gathering
We are now into the serious planning for the 2019 Gathering. We are still looking for a volunteer form each class to agree to serve on the Organizing Committee to work with the Executive Director to plan and host the Gathering on December 7th, 2019. With over 70 hikers still in this years Challenge, a record, we will need to consider new venues and new options for hosting this amazing event. Members of the Class of 2018 are reminded that we look to the previous class to help set up and breakdown the event and serve on the committee. If you are an End to Ender and would agree to serve for this one year, please send a text to Executive Director, Steve Barbour at 606 386 3636 with your name and the words "I Agree to Serve on 2019 Gathering Committee".
Big South Fork National Recreation Area:
Important info before you go...
Big South Fork is one of the most popular areas around the Trace. Please plan your visit accordingly. Learn about protecting this beautiful part of the forest and keeping it open to public use.
Learn about bear precautions, firewood bans, and drone usage.
New 40th Anniversary Hats & Bandana
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Sheltowee Trace Trail with new hats or a new bandana.