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Sheltowee Trace: Whittleton Campground to Red River Bridge

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Length

7.3 Miles 11.7 Kilometers

96%

Runnable

Singletrack

Elevation

682' 208 m

Ascent

-749' -228 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

1,326' 404 m

High

713' 217 m

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Part of the Sheltowee Trace Trail in the Red River Gorge area.

Mike Embry

Overview

Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes

Some steep cliffs.

Description

From the south, parking is available at Whittleton Campground with a permit from Natural Bridge State Park. The trailhead is at the far end of the campground. This section of the Sheltowee Trace Trail follows Whittleton Creek to a road crossing.

From there you enter the Daniel Boon National Forest and continue up to a sandstone ridge, running roughly east-west. At the east end of the ridge, there are a few creek crossings before turning north again towards the Red River. This is first opportunity to refill water after leaving Whittleton Creek.

At the north end there is a swing bridge crossing the river, then a quick approach trail to the parking lot. If parking in the national forest overnight, obtain a backcountry permit from USDA Forestry Service.

Visit the Sheltowee Trace Trail website for more information on the entire 300 mile trail.

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Chris Chaney
Stanton, Kentucky
Chris Chaney   Stanton, Kentucky
To match the naming scheme (suggested by Adventure Project admins) of the other Sheltowee sections this should be renamed "Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail - Section 13" Jul 9, 2015

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