Sheltowee Trace Day 4 - Stony Cove Picnic Area to Clear Creek Campground and EXIT

Sheltowee Trace Day 4 - Stony Cove Picnic Area to Clear Creek Campground and EXIT

Horses destroy trails - especially if it’s been rainy, and it’s been very rainy in Kentucky this year. This section of trail is an unmitigated disaster with miles and miles of hoof-pocked mud pits that are very nearly impassable for hikers. It was the worst hiking I have experienced and led to us ending our backpacking trip 35 miles early. I suggest hiking this section in the spring BEFORE horse season begins on the trails.

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Sheltowee Trace Day 4 - Amburgy Rocks to Stony Cove Picnic Area

Sheltowee Trace Day 4 - Amburgy Rocks to Stony Cove Picnic Area

This was a fantastic walk in the woods with a gentle descent to Cave Run Lake. The views from the dam are the best of the first nine sections (46-ish miles) of the Sheltowee Trace. We stopped in at the visitor’s center to restock water and enjoyed lunch at Stony Creek Picnic Area. Bork had a nice, cooling swim as well.

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Sheltowee Trace Day 3 - Morehead to Amburgy Rocks

Sheltowee Trace Day 3 - Morehead to Amburgy Rocks

This section of the hike took us through downtown Morehead where we resupplied at a gas station and IGA. After town, it’s a good stretch of road before heading back into the forest where we made camp at Amburgy Rocks. The campsite alone was worth the hike - sitting atop a rock outcropping enjoying the breeze…and a thunderstorm as it turned out.

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Sheltowee Trace Day 3 - Forest Road 977 to Morehead

Sheltowee Trace Day 3 - Forest Road 977 to Morehead

This section follows the ridgeline and eventually descends into downtown Morehead where you can grab a hot meal, ice cold Coke, and resupply with whatever you need. The hiking is relatively easy with a lot of gravel road for the first portion and mostly gentle rollers along the ridgeline. If in town and hungry, Gatti’s Pizza buffet is highly recommended:-)

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Sheltowee Trace Day 2 - First Campsite to Forest Service Road 977

Sheltowee Trace Day 2 - First Campsite to Forest Service Road 977

With a full day at our disposal, we planned to make something around 15 miles for the day that would take us into Section 4 of the Sheltowee Trace. This is a quiet, solitary hike through the forest where we encountered exactly one other human on the trail. As a bonus, this hike provides an AMAZING lunch spot at Dry Branch where you’ll find privately owned Clark Park.

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Sheltowee Trace Day 1 - Northern Terminus to Ridgeline Campsite

Sheltowee Trace Day 1 - Northern Terminus to Ridgeline Campsite

Bork and I started our backpacking trip at the Northern Terminus of the Sheltowee Trace, Kentucky’s longest trail. To get there, we dropped Bork’s car at Archaic in Red River Gorge and had Rat shuttle us up to the trailhead. The goal for the day was to make camp on the ridgeline at the first available site - right at a mile up the trail.

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Cumberland Three Waterfalls Hike - Cumberland, Dog Slaughter, and Eagle Falls

Cumberland Three Waterfalls Hike - Cumberland, Dog Slaughter, and Eagle Falls

Among the best hikes in the Commonwealth, enjoy Cumberland Falls, Dog Slaughter Falls, and Eagle Falls on a single day hike. Along the way, take in sweeping vistas from Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower.

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Hiking the Rough Trail 25K Course

Hiking the Rough Trail 25K Course

In November, the Rough Trail 50K and 25K trail races will bring hundreds of runners to Red River Gorge. We scouted the 25K course and thoroughly enjoyed the hike that included Hidden and Gray’s Arch along with some great views of the gorge.

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Gladie Creek Loop - Bison Way, Lost Branch, Osborne Bend, Tower Rock, and Waterfall

Gladie Creek Loop - Bison Way, Lost Branch, Osborne Bend, Tower Rock, and Waterfall

This is a hike for hikers! The Gladie Creek Loop features a long walk through the forest, a pair of water crossings, a section of rocky footing similar to the AT, two waterfalls, and a look at Tower Rock.

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Koomer Ridge Loop Plus Sheltowee Footbridge Spur

Koomer Ridge Loop Plus Sheltowee Footbridge Spur

On this weekend, I had Bork and Dan with me, so we opted for a big hike to see what we could see. At more than 11 miles, this loop and spur hike was perfect. We enjoyed visiting my favorite tree in the Red, Hidden Arch, and the footbridge over Red River. Add wildflower season to the mix, and it was a perfect hike.

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