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blue Sheltowee Trace: Whittleton Campground to Red River Bridge

Trail

7.3 mile 11.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 682' 208 m
Descent: -749' -228 m
High: 1,326' 404 m
Low: 713' 217 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Mike Embry

Part of the Sheltowee Trace Trail in the Red River Gorge area.

Mike Embry

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Description

From the south, parking is available at Whittleton Campground with a permit from Natural Bridge State Park. The trailhead is at the far end of the campground. This section of the Sheltowee Trace Trail follows Whittleton Creek to a road crossing.

From there you enter the Daniel Boon National Forest and continue up to a sandstone ridge, running roughly east-west. At the east end of the ridge, there are a few creek crossings before turning north again towards the Red River. This is first opportunity to refill water after leaving Whittleton Creek.

At the north end there is a swing bridge crossing the river, then a quick approach trail to the parking lot. If parking in the national forest overnight, obtain a backcountry permit from USDA Forestry Service.

Visit the Sheltowee Trace Trail website for more information on the entire 300 mile trail.

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May 14, 2018
Joe Herrington
Dec 20, 2017
Scott Reedy
Sep 11, 2017
Luke Custer
Hiked to Rough Trail for the scenic view there. Whittleton had some real calm remote spots which was really nice 4mi
Sep 8, 2017
Jeff Gandee
Took Sheltowee Trace to campsite first night of two on our trip. Extended on to the Rough Trail to Hanson's Point. Beautiful! 2mi — 1h 30m
Feb 4, 2017
Jason Reser
Jan 8, 2017
Dakota Clark
3mi

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