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Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 15 (N)

Intermediate
 4.8 (6)

One of the best sections of the Sheltowee in the northern half. This trail is amazing!


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

1,340' 408 m

High

779' 238 m

Low

672' 205 m

Up

198' 60 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No bikes, dispersed camping or fires.

Description

This section begins in the Sheltowee Trace Trailhead parking lot off of KY 11 just south of Whittleton Campground.

The trail begins with steep stairs down to the lakeshore which is paralleled until the trail crosses a suspension footbridge over the lake. From the lake, the trail climbs steeply through the heart of the state park before picking up the Original Trail (runs with Sheltowee) to Natural Bridge. From underneath the arch take Fat Man's Misery (on left) to gain the top of the ridge (and arch if you are so inclined to backtrack for the view!) and continue south on the Sheltowee Trace following the white turtle and diamond blazes.

Almost immediately after leaving the arch area the trail turns quiet and follows a broad ridge until the park boundary.

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Shared By:

Chris Chaney

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 6 votes

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  4.8 from 6 votes
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Photos

Sunrise from Natural Bridge
Jul 6, 2015 near Campton, KY
Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
Walkway to Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View from Natural Bridge
May 10, 2018 near Campton, KY
View from the trail
May 17, 2022 near Campton, KY
View from the trail.
May 17, 2022 near Campton, KY

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Mar 12, 2022
Mikayla John
Beautiful snowscape, but some pretty nasty wipeouts from our friends. Quite icy Waterfall cave, an old mine, and some pretty awesome pockets to climb! — 1h 30m
Sep 9, 2020
marc mullins
Aug 23, 2020
Xavier Weekly
Oct 29, 2018
Mike Damian
Sep 9, 2018
Călin Solomon
Nov 24, 2017
Chris Davis
May 27, 2017
Liz Fakadej
May 23, 2017
Ron Shirk
Beautiful hike to Natural Bridge. Return loop by Needles eye. Well maintained trail with lots of steps.