BackpackingThe Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is the only long distance hiking trail on the Forest. It provides nearly 300 miles of trail, spanning from Pickett State Park in Tennessee to the Cave Run Lake region in the northern portion of the forest. However, many of the other forest trails interconnect allowing you to plan a backpacking trip of varying lengths and difficulty. 

Cross country hiking is allowed. The experienced hiker may want to explore the Beaver Creek or Clifty Wilderness where visitors are invited to experience the solitude and challenge of hiking in rugged wilderness. Cross country backpacking is allowed in most areas of the forest.

Commercial outfitters or guides and groups of 75 people or more must obtain a Special Use permit. Contact the District Ranger for more information.

Learn more about rules and regulations.

Most trails do not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.

Backpacking Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities