Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 20 McKee

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sheltowee Trace Section 20 (McKee) of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is located on London Ranger District. This section begins on the north side of County Road 376 and continues for 0.6-mile. The trail crosses KY 89 and runs parallel to the highway before turning south and running along Forest Service Road 3115. The trail crosses 3115 and descends to Elisha Branch, passing below large boulders and overhangs along the way. The trail crosses Elisha Branch on concrete planks and intersects with Forest Service Road 370. Unlicensed vehicles are prohibited beyond this point.

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The trail turns northeast on Forest Service Road 370 and follows it to US 421. The trail leaves US 421 at the Daniel Boone National Forest sign on Birch Lick Creek where it enters the forest. At this point, unlicensed vehicles are again allowed.

The trail crosses Birch Lick Creek on concrete planks and climbs to Forest Service Road 3062. It parallels the road and then turns south toward Hooten Branch. There are three creek crossings between Forest Service Road 3062 and 3085. The trail out of Hooten Branch is steep and rocky.

This section of trail is open to motorcycles and off-highway vehicles less than 50" wide, with the exception of the 1.25-mile segment along Forest Service Road 370 and US 421 (street legal vehicles only).

Trail Connections:
Sheltowee Trace  Section 19 (16 miles) and Section 21 (10 miles)

At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Open All Year
Restrictions: Only street legal vehicles are permitted on the section of trail on Forest Service Road 370 and US 421. 
Closest Towns: McKee
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 S. Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


Parking space for 4 vehicles and trailers is available at the US 421 trailhead. 



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