ALERTS FOR BIG SOUTH FORK
Big South Fork is one of the most popular areas around the Trace. Please plan your visit accordingly and learn about how you can protect this beautiful part of the forest and keep it open to public use.
Learn about bear precautions, firewood bans, and drone usage.
LANDSLIDE AT CLEAR CREEK
REROUTE AT STONEY COVE
At the suggestion of the Forest Service, the STA has agreed to move the Trace from its current location running south of Stoney Cove mile 37.5 to the place where it intersects trail #1226 (Caney Loop) near mile 40. This change will add 3.4 miles onto the Trace increasing the length to an unofficial 322.5. The change will enable users to hike along the lake shore and will provide more acceptable camp sites along the lake, Yes there will still be horse traffic on this section as well but there is work planned to make significant improvements to the trail tread to mitigate the conditions produced by trail riding.
REROUTE IN CLEARFIELD
From 519 you take a left after the bridge, pass Caudill’s Auto Body Shop, turn right onto Clearfield Hill Rd which has a gentle climb. Follow Clearfield Hill Rd to the right as it curves near the top of the hill. Soon take a right on Partin Rd which within yards curves to the left; curving to the left, Partin goes down the hill to the rear of Clearfield Elementary School and eventually to the STOP at McBrayer Road. To stay on the Sheltowee, turn left onto Mill Branch Road. The blazes are white painted turtles on the road.
Wartburg, Tennessee Planned Southern Terminus for Trace
Working with the Cumberland Trail Conference, the STA has sketched a possible route to the connection with the CTC at Wartburg, Tennessee. This connection will take some time to work out given that portions of the planned route will take the Trace on private land. The good news is, we have a team working on the connection and hope to see the southern terminus finally find a home there by 2018.