Welcome to the Trace

A 319-mile backcountry trail that spans the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork National Recreation River and Recreation Area. The Sheltowee Trace map was released in 2014 (north) and 2015 (south).

Trail markers
Trails signs of the Trace

Connecting trails are shown with mileage to help plan great section hikes and loop trips. Official trails are shown for the the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork. This map is essential for any exploration of the ST, whether it is for a thru hike or a day hike.


Current web map
We host an interactive web map that users with mobile devices and a data connection can use to locate themselves on the Trace via GPS. The map has mile markers, 2015 trail alignment, and a few base maps, inlcuding topography, aerial photography, and general naviagtion. Visit sheltoweetrace.com on your mobile device.


Bird's Eye View Map

3D map of the Sheltowee Trace View an interactive Bird's Eye View map (requires Flash)

Read our blog for the Sheltowee Trace.


Buy this Map

Sheltowee, or Big Turtle, was Daniel Boone's name in his 1778 Shawnee family.

Topographic maps at 1:31,680 scale with 50-ft contours, trail mile markers, GPS grids, and detailed hiking info in a rich, full-color 19" x 27" page size folded down to 5" x 7". Lamination waterproofing available via our custom heat press method.



Places to Visit 
Northern Terminus - New Morehead Reroute - Eagle Lake - Rodburn Hollow - Amburgy Rocks - Four Fingers - Cave Run Lake - Clear Creek - Corner Ridge - Clifty Wilderness - Red River Gorge - Natural Bridge State Resort Park - Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve - Turkey Foot - McKee - S-Tree - Horse Lick Creek - Hawk Creek - Rockcastle Narrows - Bee Rock - Cane Creek WMA - Laurel Lake - Mouth of Laurel - Cumberland River - Cumberland Falls State Resort Park - Barren Fork - Yahoo Falls Scenic Area - Big South Fork - Blue Heron - Scuttlehole - Charit Creek - Pilot Wines and Big Island - Station Camp Creek - Rock Creek - Leatherwood Ford - John Muir Trail - Twin Arches - Litton and Blevins Farms - No Business Creek - Honey Creek - Burnt Mill Bridge

Photographs & Maps

Sheltowee Trace Photos

Pixel's Travels

Vew images of maps for the Sheltowee Trace

Images of Maps

Current weather maps and data for the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Weather maps and data for DBNF

Go Explore!

Our Favorite Hikes

Furnace Arch, Sheltowee Trace

aalCave Run Lake Trail Guide
Distance: 6 Miles round-trip from trailhead
Difficulty: ++
Scenic Views: +++
Elevation Relief: 500ft ^
Ownership: Daniel Boone NF, USFS

Sheltowee Trace North Trail Map

Hiker Hiker Hiker

Imagine the scene around Clear Creek Iron Furnace in the 1830’s, the trailhead for this hike...

Our Sheltowee Trace Blog

Sheltowee Trace South, 2015
Six 19" x 27" pages

Six 19″ x 27″ pages

We’ve finished our Sheltowee Trace South, 2015 map. This rich color topograph...

Woodland Art Fair, 2015

Come down to the Woodland Art Fair this Saturday and Sunday,  August 15 and 16. We’ve made big p...

2009 Sheltowee Trace South now available
Laminated ST South map

Laminated ST South map

After many requests from hikers and map enthusiasts, our map that shows th...

Our Clients' Maps

Cranksgiving 2016 map

This map is for Cranksgiving 2016, bicycle competition and food raiser for God’s Pantry Food Bank. I put it online this year since the race had ab...

Chicken Chase map
Map of chicken houses in Lexington, Kentucky

Map of chicken houses in Lexington, Kentucky

Downtown Lexington has a large number of chicken coops. A coop tour has been an annual event for years...

News & Weather

News from SheltoweeTrace.com
Insanity 2016 (thru hike in 9 1/2 days)
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Tweets from the STA
News from the Sheltowee Trace Association about Kentucky's long trail, the Sheltowee Trace.
Tweets from KyWilderness
Activities in the great outdoors of Kentucky and beyond, focusing mainly on the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork.
Current Weather Conditions

Cave Run Lake

57.7F, Clear - 10:01 AM EDT May. 22

Red River Gorge

58.4F, Clear - 10:00 AM EDT May. 22

Turkey Foot

68.2F, Clear - 9:59 AM EDT May. 22

Laurel Lake

62.1F, Clear - 10:01 AM EDT May. 22

Big South Fork

57.8F, Overcast - 8:58 AM CDT May. 22