“Shelltowee Trace section through the Clifty Wilderness.
— Mike Embry
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Wilderness Area, no power vehicles or equipment allowed.
This is a section of the 300-mile Sheltowee Trace Trail through the Clifty Wilderness Area. This 12,646-acre area has more than 20 miles of trail that take runners through stream valleys with dense hemlock forest and across ridges with spectacular landscape views. The terrain is rugged and steep, offering plenty of physical challenges and adventures.
This is a rugged section along sandstone cliffs, but it offers views of a large number of rock formations, including the Indian Staircase. Before heading out, understand that this is a Federally Designated Wilderness Area which means that there are no facilities or roads and cell service may be non-existent. If you get in trouble, you may be on your own. The reward, however, is a remote and less populated area to explore.
For more information visit the Forest Service website
or the Sheltowee Trace Trail website
Flora & Fauna
Clifty Wilderness supports an unusual array of flora with 750 flowering plants and 170 species of moss that thrive in the area. This diversity is attributed to geographic location, topography and glacial history. Some plant and animal species in this area are listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive or rare.