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Sheltowee Trace: Whittleton Campground to Red River Bridge

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


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7.3

Miles

11.7

KM

Point to Point

1,326' 404 m

High

713' 217 m

Low

682' 208 m

Up

749' 228 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

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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Shared By:

Mike Embry

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Chimney Top greets visitors from across the Sheltowee Trace on the Red River.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Across the gorge.
May 31, 2015 near Campton, KY
Suspension bridge over the Red River.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
The View
May 29, 2015 near Campton, KY
Bridge over the Red River
May 29, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY
The path less traveled.
Jan 31, 2016 near Campton, KY

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Jul 13, 2020
David Greenlee
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