On the Sheltowee Bikepacking Route (Video)
Eastern Kentucky may not pop to mind as a bikepacking destination, but hidden in the hills and hollers is the Sheltowee Trace, a beautiful hiking-centric trail that was established in 1979. More recently, a handful of folks have been developing and launching a bike-friendly version of the trail. In this video, Neil narrates his 2021 trip on the route and shares some of the highlights of the recently published Sheltowee Bikepacking Route…
The Sheltowee Trace is a 333-mile hiking trail established by the Daniel Boone National Forest and designed by Vernon Orndorff. The trail was completed and designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979. Some of the trail is off limits to mountain bikers, so it was our goal to help reroute around those hiker only sections and build a sustainable bikepacking route. After a lot of scouting missions and planning, the route was born, a 300-mile north-to-south traverse of the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. During our scouting mission in 2021, we found some tracks to help create this monster of a route. Watch this video made during that trip with a description of the route and tips on riding it.
Sheltowee Bikepacking Route
The Sheltowee Bikepacking Route (SBR) is an incredibly beautiful, rugged, and challenging route that combines singletrack, gravel, and pavement to create a 300-mile thru-bike trail in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. The SBR follows the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail as closely as possible, throughout Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Full route guide here.
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