Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 15 (S)
ElevationAscent: 485' 148 m
Descent: -469' -143 m
High: 1,407' 429 m
Low: 1,236' 377 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“Known as "the Narrows" and "Big Bend" this section of the Sheltowee has an adventure feel.”— Chris Chaney
The Narrows refers to a short section of the ridge that crosses White's Branch Arch, a natural sandstone ridgetop arch. For a long time, this ridge was popular with off-roaders until the Forest Service moved in with bulldozers and chainsaws. The result was a gauntlet of downed trees and tank traps. in the past couple of years most of the trees have been cut back by the Sheltowee Trace Association. So this section, with perseverance, is open for business.
North of the arch, there are some really cool parts of the run that cross bare sandstone. The ridge rolls and winds so it has a nice variety of terrain and challenges. South of the arch is nice as well and is more open. It's all doubletrack, but the Narrows portion feels more like singletrack.
Once out on the gravel road you are on a public right of way, but Big Bend Road isn't well maintained. It is a great long ridgetop gravel grind through more National Forest until the last half mile or so where there are a few houses.
This portion of Sheltowee Trace deserves to be run, hiked and ridden more, and to get more love and care.
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Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office