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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +965/ -573 ft
Total: 25 riders

Mountain Biking Cane Creek (sheltowee Trace Trail)

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#36 of 108 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#3,556 in the world

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.)

First added by ryancycle on Mar 22, 2008. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
This trail is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Basically, from 75 take exit 38 (KY 192) and head west for approx. 14 miles. There's a small parking lot right at the 1193 split. Cane Creek is across the way on the North side of 192 (Laurel Lake heads South from the parking lot.)
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  • Ross D Alcorn

    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.

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  • cavedweller

    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.

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  • RoadWarrior

    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

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  • cavedweller

    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.

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