Cane Creek (sheltowee Trace Trail)

3.60 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
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I don't know why the locals don't ride this trail with more regularity. I know the South bound trail is fast, but it doesn't hold a light to this trail. This trail is more or less Pisgah minus the lung busting climbs. There's rocks galore, nasty roots, beautiful waterfalls, hairy switchbacks, plenty of creek crossings, caves... and it's all singletrack. This is a long ride. Mileage it isn't a whole lot, but it's slow and technical so be prepared.

As far as the route goes, it's more or less an out-&-back with a lariat on the return trip that's worth hitting up (you'll see it both coming & going.... on the right coming back down the hill.) I usually take it to road 119 and then head back. I'd recommend getting a map from the Daniel Boone National Forest website (London Ranger District.)
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (5)

Granny Gear

March 14, 2016
Review: Loved this trail! most mountain bikers won't like it. but if you like back country exploring, don't mind a little hike a bike and love a challenge then this trail is for you! Trail isn't maintain well, expect mud holes and ruts, downed trees, etc. to me though, that just adds to the adventure. in between the hike a bike and trees, there are some fun downhills, tricky climbs and fun creek crossings.


July 1, 2014
Review: 2nd Review, hit this trail again lately and A LOT of improvements have been made, added structures and tree clearing has made this a really fun ride. It is still very technical and still has a few hike-a-bike sections but well worth it for the beautiful scenery. I suggest riding down to Cane Creek, hike the bike over the bridge and up past Van Hook Falls (approx. 1/8 mile hike) then ride the Rockcastle Narrows Loop then back (*see map pics*). Good Stuff going on here, keep up the improvements.

Similar Trail: Big South Fork, Pisgah


February 2, 2014
Review: Terrible trail that is just a big mud pit. Horses ruined it.


January 8, 2012
Review: Very enjoyable, scenic, and in spots very technical. Most of the trail is intermediate with some slippery roots and rocks, numerous creek crossings, and a few short hike-a-bikes, mostly around the Van Hook Falls. There are a few trees down, but that comes with riding in the woods. Was told by the locals that the trail is rideable up to Rt 80. After the falls you can continue on the trace, where it climbs up onto the ridge for a XC type ride as far as you want, or take one of the other trails to make a cherry stem loop. (See map in the pictures)

* Review edited 1/8/2012

Similar Trail: For an easier ride, take the trail south from the TH


December 26, 2011
Review: This trail is nuts. Its a very pretty forest but you be walking your bike most of the way due to downed trees, large boulders and insane inclines. We rode this about a month ago and ended up coming out in the cold hill area. Do not attemt to take the paved road back because of the heavy traffic of drunk boaters pullin large pontoons. This trail would be better if it had a little maintenance but it would still be rough. I suggest if you try it, to yo-yo it. Good luck.

Cane Creek (sheltowee Trace Trail) MTB Trail 3.60 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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