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Sheltowee Trace: Whittleton Campground to Red River Bridge

Intermediate

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7.3 mile 11.7 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 682' 208 m
Descent: -749' -228 m
High: 1,326' 404 m
Low: 713' 217 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Mike Embry

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

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

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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Photos

Chimney Top greets visitors from across the Sheltowee Trace on the Red River.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Suspension bridge over the Red River.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Across the gorge.
May 31, 2015 near Campton, KY
The View
May 29, 2015 near Campton, KY
The path less traveled.
Jan 31, 2016 near Campton, KY
Turtle blaze along the Sheltowee Trace on Pinch Em Tight Ridge
Jul 7, 2015 near Campton, KY

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