Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 16
ElevationAscent: 698' 213 m
Descent: -633' -193 m
High: 1,306' 398 m
Low: 751' 229 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“The complete Section 16 includes paved road.”— Chris Chaney
The Trace then turns south into a more intimate section of Little Sinking that has been abused by off-roads but, when dry, has the feel of a nice dirt singletrack. Near the mouth of Little Sinking Creek the Trace crosses Big Sinking Creek in a stunning location. On one side is an old stone bridge abutment and on the other is a magnificent limestone rock house. Immediately after crossing the creek there is a steep and technical climb through a limestone band to gain a shoulder. The road turns back to gravel quickly and after a moderate reprieve you face the imposing New Virginia Road climb.
Once at the top the hiking relaxes to a gravel grinder on a broad ridge.
At KY 52 you can go left (east) to a county park with restrooms and a small country store.
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