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Sheltowee Trace - Red River Bridge to Corner Ridge Road

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Shelltowee Trace section through the Clifty Wilderness.


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9.0

Miles

14.4

KM

Point to Point

1,239' 378 m

High

760' 232 m

Low

1,415' 431 m

Up

953' 290 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Wilderness Area, no power vehicles or equipment allowed.

Description

This is a section of the 300-mile Sheltowee Trace Trail through the Clifty Wilderness Area. This 12,646-acre area has more than 20 miles of trail that take hikers through stream valleys with dense hemlock forest and across ridges with spectacular landscape views. The terrain is rugged and steep, offering plenty of physical challenges and adventures.

This is a rugged section along sandstone cliffs, but it offers views of a large number of rock formations, including the Indian Staircase. Before heading out, understand that this is a Federally Designated Wilderness Area which means that there are no facilities or roads and cell service may be non-existent. If you get in trouble, you may be on your own. The reward, however, is a remote and less populated area to explore.

For more information visit the Forest Service website or the Sheltowee Trace Trail website.

Flora & Fauna

Clifty Wilderness supports an unusual array of flora with 750 flowering plants and 170 species of moss that thrive in the area. This diversity is attributed to geographic location, topography and glacial history. Some plant and animal species in this area are listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive or rare.

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Mike Embry

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Photos

Indian Arch poses for a dramatic photo along the Sheltowee Trace.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Suspension bridge over the Red River.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
A large boulder rests beside the trail.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Sheltowee Trace crosses Salt Fork Creek. Watch your step.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Wolf tracks dot the snow on the Sheltowee Trace Trail.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
This trail sees fresh, untracked snow, if you don't count the wolves.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY

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Dec 27, 2019
David Tighe
cloud splitter
Sep 21, 2019
Sam Smith
Jun 21, 2018
Brian Reece
20mi — 30h 00m
Apr 13, 2018
Brian L
hiked to Bison Way then up to Indian Staircase and back as a lollipop 9mi
Mar 25, 2017
Dakota Clark
3mi
Jun 11, 2016
Jason S