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The Sheltowee Trace is a 343-mile (552.00 km) National Recreation Trail that was created in 1979. The trail stretches from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee to northern Rowan County, Kentucky.

Most hikers start a their thru-hike in the North and head South. This is because trail towns are closer to each other in the north and allows hikers to carry less food. The result of less food means lighter packs and less strain on the hiker. It usually takes about 25 days for the average hiker to complete the entire trail. But some hikers can finish the Sheltowee Trace in 21 days. Because of the beauty of the Trace setting speed records is not recommended.

Hikers have five designated trail towns on or near the Trace. Each town has a variety of services for hikers which include shuttles, hotels, restaurants and medical facilities. The five towns are: Moorehead, McKee, Livingston, London, and Stearns. As a result of the many designated town stops hikers don’t need to carry a lot of food. This makes hiking much more enjoyable.



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The Sheltowee Trace Association is a 501(c)3 Volunteer-based organization. The organization has the mission of protecting, preserving, and promoting the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. The Sheltowee Trace is a significant national resource for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The wild and scenic lands provides a lot of value to all people.

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