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Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 15 (N)

Intermediate

Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 672' 205 m
Descent: -198' -60 m
High: 1,340' 408 m
Low: 779' 238 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

One of the best sections of the Sheltowee in the northern half. This trail is amazing!

Chris Chaney

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No bikes, dispersed camping or fires.

Runner Notes

The climb up to Natural Bridge is broad, steep, and heavily traveled by hikers and tourists particularly on weekends. Expect congestion.

Description

This section begins in the Sheltowee Trace Trailhead parking lot off of KY 11 just south of Whittleton Campground.

The trail begins with steep stairs down to the lakeshore which is paralleled until the trail crosses a suspension footbridge over the lake. From the lake, the trail climbs steeply through the heart of the state park before picking up the Original Trail (runs with Sheltowee) to Natural Bridge. From underneath the arch take Fat Man's Misery (on left) to gain the top of the ridge (and arch if you are so inclined to backtrack for the view!) and continue south on the Sheltowee Trace following the white turtle and diamond blazes.

Almost immediately after leaving the arch area the trail turns quiet and follows a broad ridge until the park boundary.

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Photos

Sunrise from Natural Bridge
Jul 6, 2015 near Campton, KY
Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
Walkway to Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View from Natural Bridge
May 10, 2018 near Campton, KY
View from Lookout Point at Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View under Natural Bridge from Original Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near Campton, KY

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