Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 11

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This section of the Sheltowee Trace, located on Cumerbland Ranger District, begins at KY 1274 and ends at KY 460, following gravel, dirt and two-lane paved roads through rural and agricultural scenery its entire length. The trail is level except where it ascends to the head of Clifton Creek and joins County Road 1242. 

The trail along Clifton Creek passes through an area reported to contain several natural features described in the famous John Swift journal. In the summer, a variety of plants can be observed in the wide Clifton Creek bottom. Tulip poplar, maples and dogwoods abound.

The trail continues south from the intersection of US 460 and KY 77.

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Trail Connections: Sheltowee Trace Section 10 (9 miles) and Section 12 (14 miles).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Sheltowee Trace section 10 is closed between MM 47–51 due to a mud slide just south of Clear Creek Campground. There is a detour around using existing roads.
Fees None
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Slade
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 south
Morehead, KY 40351

General Information


From US 60 in Salt Lick, go south on KY 211 for approximately 5 miles. Turn right on KY 36 and then left on KY 1274.

From Frenchburg, take KY 36 north and turn right on KY 1274.  

From KY 1274, turn left and go about 1 mile to County Road 1088. Turn right as you see the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail road sign. Continue south down County Road 1088 and bear left at the fork near Long Branch Road. Continue down the gravel road into the Clifton Creek drainage.


No existing parking facilities are designated for this section of trail. 



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