Sheltowee Trace Trail

United States United States

Worth knowing

The Sheltowee Trace Trail runs for a length of 518 kilometers through Tennessee and Kentucky in the United States.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 26 days to walk the Sheltowee Trace Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail you are self-sufficient.
But at irregular intervals (at least every few days) there is the possibility to buy food.
This needs to be planned accordingly and it can only be recommended to contact the aid stations and check the opening hours.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp.

Wild camping is allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Sheltowee Trace Trail

518 km
Elevation gain
9.600 m
Elevation loss
9.650 m
Highest Point
443 m
Lowest Point
197 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
518 km
9.600 m
9.650 m
443 m
197 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Sheltowee Trace Trail
  • in a tent/tarp
Solitude on the Sheltowee Trace Trail
Hardly any other people and you sleep in huts/tents with no contact to villages

The best time to hike the Sheltowee Trace Trail is:


Arrival to the Sheltowee Trace Trail

You will arrive via McGhee Tyson Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Taxi / Uber. Duration approx. 2 hours.

Departure from the Sheltowee Trace Trail

Departure is via Louisville International Standiford Field.

You can get to the airport per Taxi / Uber. Takes about 5 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Sheltowee Trace Trail

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