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Sheltowee Trace - Cave Run Lake 3-Day 2-Night Backpacking Trip.

Must be pre-registered, please see below!

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Sheltowee Trace – Cave Run Lake 3-Day/2-Night Backpacking Trip

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Join Great Miami Outfitters in the first hike of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail around Cave Run Lake.  The Sheltowee Trace runs nearly 290 miles from Red River Gorge in southern Kentucky to its northern terminus in Rowan County making it the backbone of the Daniel Boone National Forest trail system.  During this trip, we will hike the trails around surrounding Cave Run Lake!*

We will also cover a few topics for the novice backpacker along the way – proper campsite set up, filtering and purifying water, food hanging, Leave No Trace principles, and more!  So come meet new people, learn new backpacking tips, and share your experiences with other outdoor enthusiasts!

A suggested checklist for equipment, gear, clothing, food is available at the store. Each participant is responsible for all of their own personal needs. Our staff will gladly assist or answer questions. Please dress for the weather, as inclement weather is possible. Some trails may be muddy.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

This trip includes hiking a total of approximately 20 miles*.

* Participants are responsible to know their own abilities and skills and are responsible for their own safety and comfort. Great Miami Outfitters will not make any such determination, however we will be happy to answer your questions or concerns. 
* Outdoor activities may require some strenuous exercise.
* These are fun trips and a chance to get out, learn, relax and enjoy backpacking..

Pre-trip meeting required Tuesday, May 17:
Pre-Trip Meeting will be held at Great Miami Outfitters’ Broken Paddle Multi-Purpose Classroom from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Our instructor-guides will cover logistics, trip details and answer any questions. Attendance is mandatory for all participants.
Day 1 Friday, May 20:
We will meet at Great Miami Outfitters Friday morning to prepare for our weekend away and travel to the trailhead. While on the trail, we’ll take breaks to discuss “Leave No Trace” principles, hands-on water treatment, proper food bag hanging, camp setup, outdoor hygiene and sanitation, hiking techniques and more! We will continue to the campsite where we will set up, and enjoy the evening with meals and conversation. 
Day 2 Saturday, May 21:
A full-day of hiking is ahead of us. We will hike to our second campsite, enjoying beautiful vistas of Cave Run Lake, stopping for lunch and practice various outdoor skills along the trail. 
Day 3 Sunday, May 22:

We will prepare breakfast before breaking down camp, and hiking the remainder of the way to our trailhead parking lot. Upon arriving, we will enjoy a meal in town and head back to the Miami Valley!

Cumberland Ranger Station
Daniel Boone National Forest
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, Kentucky 40351

During the trip, we will practice a variety of outdoor skills:
• Leave No Trace Principles
• Pack organization and adjustments
• Water treatment – filtration and purification
• Food bag hanging
• Nutrition and meal planning (pre-trip meeting)
• Navigation – basic map orientation
• Camp setup
• Waste management

$185 per participant

Includes ground transportation to the trailhead and back to Great Miami Outfitters, as well as skill instruction, complete outfitting service and permits. See details below.
Advance registration and payment is required.
Number of participants is limited. Once full, others will be added to a waiting list. Please ask us for more information.
Cancellation Policy: 
Full refunds will be issued if cancelled before Friday, May 6.
50% refund if cancelled from May 6 to May 13.
No refund after May 13. 


The following items are required for this trip:
• Properly fitting backpack
• Shelter – tent or hammock
• Sleeping system – pad and bag
• Cooking system – stove and cookware
• Appropriate apparel for weather
• Properly fitting hiking boots
• Food, eatware and utensils
• Headlamp
• Personal items including medications
A full, suggested weekend backpacking checklist is available at the store. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Want to try this but you don’t have your own equipment? No problem. You may use our equipment at no additional charge. Limited equipment includes:
• Tent or hammock with shelter
• Backpack
• Sleeping pad
• Stove
• Cookware
Our outfitting equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. Call or stop in for details.

The following requirements must be met in order to participate in this course. Please let our staff know if you have any issues, concerns or questions.
• The participant must independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course description.
• The participant must be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants.
• The participant must be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
• The participant must be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.

Is this trip only for beginner backpackers?
No! We welcome experienced, intermediate, and beginner backpackers to share their experiences, tips and tricks!
Will we have a campfire?
YES. Small backcountry campfires are allowed in Daniel Boone National Forest while practicing dispersed camping. There will not be electricity.
What are the demographics?
People from all walks of life attend our courses and trips. Demographics range from male and females, ages 18 to 70!
How should I physically prepare for the trip?
The best way to practice is to get out and hike! A good tip is to hike with your backpack fully loaded with your gear; your body will become more accustomed to carrying the extra weight.
Is there a prerequisite for this trip?
No, there is no prerequisite class or course for this trip.
Do you have any classes I can take before this trip?
Yes! We conduct Introduction to Backpacking Classes throughout the year. For full details and registration, visit OUR EVENT LIST.
Do I need to pack my own food for this trip?
Yes. Please pack your own meals and snacks for this trip. Further details will be provided at pre-trip meeting.
Will there be water available?
Yes. At some trailheads, there are faucets that operate seasonally. Also, we will practice water filtration and purification in local streams.
I see this trip is Waste Free…how can I help?
Thanks for asking! All of Great Miami Outfitters’ classes, courses, and trips are Waste Free meaning that we re-use, recycle, or compost as much of our waste as possible. You can help by bringing a re-usable water bottle, cups, eatware, and utensils!

For more information stop in, call (937) 847-8787 or EMAIL:

The Sheltowee Trace was officially designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979.  It is named in honor of Daniel Boone, who is also known as Sheltowee (pronounced shell-toe-ee); the name given to him by Chief Blackfish of the Shawnee tribe.

The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is considered the “backbone” of the forest’s trail system. Many other trails link to the Sheltowee forming loops for day hikes or opportunities for long distance adventure. Visit the day hiking page for a complete list of all trails and additional information about each section of the Sheltowee.

The trail begins in northern Kentucky on KY377 and travels south nearly 290 miles to its terminus at Pickett State Park in Tennessee. Old homesteads, oil and gas wells and logging tracts, remnants of past land uses, can be seen along the trail. The rugged trail meanders narrow ridges and dips into gorges surrounded by towering cliffs. You may also cross private land or follow road corridors between tracts of national forest land.

Earlier Event: May 14
Adventure Fest.