Trace Fest


 9 AM TO 8 PM     Learn techniques for maintaining the Trace by attending Trail School in the morning from 9 to noon.      Bring your bike and if weather permits, we'll lead you on a road bike ride starting at 9 on a loop around Wildcat Mountain.     Bring your hiking shoes and take a hike on the Trace from 9 to Noon.      From Noon to 5 pm we will host workshops on topics that will inform and enlighten your Trace experience.       Reports on trail experiences across America and around the world.     "The Gathering"   Honoring the End to End Class of 2017     Registration online opens November 2

Forest Service Opens Roads For Hunting Season

 WINCHESTER, Ky., Sept. 25, 2017 - 

The Cumberland Ranger District will temporarily open several Forest Service roads to public vehicle use during the fall hunting seasons.     

 “We want hunters to enjoy a safe and successful harvest on national forest lands, and by opening these roads, we will provide better access and disperse hunting activity across the landscape,” said Ranger Jonathan Kazmierski with the Daniel Boone National Forest.        

In the Morehead area, six Forest Service roads will be open from October 16 to December 18. These roads include Shooting Range Road #909, Ramey Creek #961, Big Perry #977, Murder Branch #1074, Peter Branch #1058, and Scott Creek #1093.       

In the Stanton area, Hatton Ridge Road #165 and June Bug Road #167 will be open to public travel during the same two-month period.         

“These gravel roads are typically for administrative use only, since they occur in the general forest area and do not lead to developed recreation sites,” said Kazmierski. “These road locations are mostly remote, which is perfect for hunting.”     

 While the roads are open, hunters and other forest visitors must avoid blocking the roadways when parking their vehicle.       

In the event of extended wet weather conditions, some roads may close earlier than planned to prevent road surface damage. Vandalism, trash dumping, or other illicit use of these roads will also result in early closure.


Registration Open - 2017 Hiker Challenge Section 11 - Bandy Creek to Burnt Mill Bridge

When  Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:00 AM EDT -to- Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST Add to your Calendar      

Where: Bandy Creek Visitor Center, Big South Fork NRRA  151 Stable Rd Oneida, TN 37841

Registration is now open for Section 11 of the 2017 Hiker Challenge.  Click the link below to get signed up.  Time has past quickly, some will say to quickly.  The last section will not disappoint.      While section 11 is a short section and you will be tempted to race ahead and finish in one day, it is also a tough section with several nice climbs and one beast of a climb out of the O & W Bridge basin.  Getting to camp early will be a blessing as you can catch a spectacular view from Angel Falls Overlook and the overlook at camp on Saturday night.  Let's hope the Fall colors are still hanging on the trees.    Whether this is your first trip on the Trace or your 5th, the views are amazing in the Big South Fork.   Shuttle is at 7:30 from Burnt Mill Bridge to insure your safety getting back over to Bandy Creek.      It is possible to camp out on Friday night off the trail around the corner from the Trail Head if you wish.  But a better option is to spend a little and stay at the Grand Vista Hotel.  Closest hotel to the shuttle point and worth the extra.     Dayhikers are encouraged to come join us for one day as these sections are rated easy to moderate. Returning End to Enders are welcome to join us and welcome a new class of End to Enders.    Click on the link below to register or RSVP.  If you plan to complete this section on your own, please help us by going ahead and registering and marking your plan accordingly. Thanks         Register Now!   I can't make it       Trace Notes for Section 11 if possible will be posted to webpage by November 8 or 9.     You are here.  The last section.  I want to be the first to say congratulations to each one of you who is finishing.  We know the sacrifices you have made and we appreciate your support to the STA.  Welcome to the community of long distance backpacking.               Steve Barbour  Sheltowee Trace Association  606-386-3636        HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE TRACE   GIVE TODAY TO THE ORNDORFF LEGACY FUND! 100 % of your tax deductible gifts go toward endowing the future of the Trace and the work of the STA so generations to come can enjoy and benefit from the STNRT.   Give Now!