Section 37 Sheltowee Trace Trail #100

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Section 37 of the Sheltowee Trace on Stearns Ranger District begins at the Peter's Mountain Trailhead. The trail has an almost constant descent and crosses Mark Branch 17 times. The scenic Mark Branch Falls is an 80-foot high waterfall.

To reach Hemlock Grove Picnic Area and Forest Service Road 137, you must ford Rock Creek. If you are looking for an alternative route, Mark Branch and Gobblers Arch trails form loops for hiking from either Peter's Mountain Trailhead or Hemlock Grove Picnic Area.



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
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only. 
  • Trail closed to motorized vehicles.
  • Stay on designated trails. No cross country travel.
  • Obey trail use designations as signed.
  • Respect seasonal closures. Avoid using trails when wet. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones.
  • Alcohol use is prohibited: Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. KRS 222.202 .
  • Prohibited: Possessing or operating a motor vehicle on roads, trails and areas not designated for that purpose on Motorized Vehicle Use Maps. 36 CFR 261.13.
  • Shortcutting a switchback on trails is prohibited. (Order DB-08-15)
  • PROHIBITED: Camping or maintaining a campsite for more than 14 consecutive days in a dispersed or non-fee area without having terminated Forest occupancy for a minimum of 10 days within a 31-day time frame (§261.58(a)); (Order DB-02-15)
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilets are available at Hemlock Grove Picnic Area
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653 

General Information


Hemlock Grove Picnic Area: From south of Whitley City follow KY 92 west to Yamacraw Bridge; turn left just past the bridge onto KY 1363. Go 11.4 miles to the end of the blacktop and turn right onto Forest Service Road 564; go 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 137; go 2.6 miles. 

General Notes:

This is not an accessible trail.


Parking is available at Peters Mountain Trailhead and Hemlock Grove Picnic area. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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