Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 27

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This 11-mile section of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is also known as the “Moonbow Trail.” The trail runs adjacent to the Cumberland River from the Mouth of Laurel to Cumberland Falls, the second largest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.

From Fishing Creek to Bark Camp Creek, an alternate flood route (#100A, 3 miles) is available for use during periods of high water. The flood route follows mostly ridges and Forest Service roads above the cliffline. 

The Sheltowee Trace continues by crossing a bridge over Bark Camp Creek, just above the scenic water cascades. A small camping shelter is located a few hundred yards south of the creek. A second shelter is located two miles further south at Star Creek. 

The Sheltowee Trace joins a park trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Several park trails intersect with the Sheltowee Trace, so hikers are advised to obtain a park trail map before hiking this section of trail. State park trails are closed to bicycles, horses and motorized vehicles. 

The Sheltowee Trace crosses the Cumberland River on KY 90. 

Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp
Latitude 36.94401037  Longitude -84.29530276
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Trail Connections: 
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail
Section 26 (12 miles) and Section 28 (5 miles)
Bark Camp Trail # 413 (4 miles)
Dog Slaughter Creek Trail #414 (2.5 miles)


At a Glance

Fees None
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: Closed to motorized vehicles and horses 
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road 
London, KY 40744

General Information


Parking is available at Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp and the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The parking lot at the falls is gated and locked at night. There is also parking at the top of the hill at DuPont Lodge. 



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Mountain Biking

The section in the state park is closed to bicycles. 


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