London, Kentucky (final post)


Sheltowee Trace Trail Head

We were excited to learn this trail head was only about 5 minutes from our campground. We arrived here just before a big thunderstorm hit the area. Glad we checked our weather app, so we didn’t try it on our first day here.

Our last few days (July 8-10, 2016) were filled with two nice hikes in God’s creation and one day worshipping Him with a large congregation of other believers. We love the peacefulness of hiking in the woods.  We like to focus on the goodness in the world so let’s take a quick look at our last two hikes, one starting the descent down from this picture and the other was across the street.

The name, Sheltowee Trace Trail intrigued me so I had to look it up and found great information from this website about this 290 mile long trail.  Here are a few excepts from the web:

In 1979, the Sheltowee Trace was officially dedicated as part of the Daniel Boone National Forest trail system. The trail is named in honor of Daniel Boone. Sheltowee (pronounced shel-toe-ee) is the name given to Boone by Chief Blackfish of the Shawnee tribe, meaning “Big Turtle.”

White diamonds bearing the image of a turtle mark the trail route. Trail junctions may also be marked with the national recreation trail symbol as shown on the map.

Hiking is allowed on the entire trail. The terrain is mostly rugged, so be prepared for strenuous travel in some areas. Horses, mountain bikes and off-highway vehicles less than 50 inches wide are permitted, but only on sections designated for those uses. Trail signs will indicate use permitted.

To be honest, I didn’t see the “mostly rugged” until after our first hike! And that can now describe the trails we are experiencing here in the Daniel Boone Forest (we will continue on into it in our next location).

It's very small, we guessed only three cars could fit. We're here on a Friday, so we were alone.

It’s very small parking area, we guessed only three cars could fit. We’re here on a Friday, so we were alone.  We returned on Saturday and sure enough, we were the third car to arrive. We parked so others could come of leave, but certainly no one else would park here until someone left. We were surprised when we returned and saw we were nearly blocked in as a truck also squeezed next to us!

Bill has such a knack for picking trails with a “reward” as we call it. This trail led us to a suspension bridge after about three miles. According to what he read, it wasn’t worth it to go much farther if just in for a good but short hike.

We started the steep descent down the trail, remembering only after we were down it for about 1/10th of a mile, we always prefer to go up hills first, and then down on the way back if possible!  But we are adventurers so we just kept on going down and down and down….but according to my All Trails app, it said we only went down 346′ in a mile and 1/2. That’s not all that bad but it didn’t take into consideration, the trail was rocky, narrow and slanted! Note in this picture:

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The trail on the descent down. Note how nice to see a “blaze.” We’ll miss that once we go on our next hike in the Red River Gorge.

In an effort to keep this short, here is a slide show of a few interesting photos. If you want to see more pictures, click here.

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To be honest, after this hike, we were zapped – the humidity! But we knew we were going to take Sunday off, so we returned to the Sheltowee Trace Trail the next day. I went over to walk it a few 100 feet to check it out before we left on Friday. It looked more level but sadly no rewards were noted. Just exercise so we just enjoyed a “walk in the park.” Even if it meant we had to cross a highway, Kentucky 80.

It seemed flat, but guess it was a bit up and down.

Our stats from All Trails App. While it seemed flat, I guess it was a bit up and down. But it was so much easier to hike as the trail was flat.

Here are just a few pictures in a slide show below:

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This trail had four little streams we had to cross over. Only one was muddy and harder to cross than the others. But we didn’t let it deter us. Our shoes were only slightly muddy by the time we got back to the car.

We really enjoyed our time in London and the Sheltowee Trace Trail and we will continue on it in our next stop, in Slade, Kentucky, home of the Red River Gorge! But we really ended on a great note, so if you’d like to read a short post about the church service we attended on Sunday, July 10, 2016, click here, which was perfect in the midst of all the turmoil in not only our country, but the world.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)

Quoting from Grace To You: “The peace Jesus is speaking of enables believers to remain calm in the most wildly fearful circumstances. It enables them to hush a cry, still a riot, rejoice in pain and trial, and sing in the middle of suffering. This peace is never by circumstances, but instead affects and even overrules them.” Amen!

2 thoughts on “London, Kentucky (final post)

  1. That first hike was beautiful!! Love the “cliffs,” stream, and little waterfall:) The humidity does take the energy right out of you doesn’t it!

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