• Sheltowee Trace-Bee Rock to Cumberland Falls, London, KY, October 12-16, 2022

Sheltowee Trace-Bee Rock to Cumberland Falls, London, KY, October 12-16, 2022

  • 12 Oct 2022
  • 16 Oct 2022
  • Bee Rock Campground, London, KY


Sheltowee Trace-Bee Rock to Cumberland Falls

London, Kentucky

October 12-16, 2022

Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Sharon Williams

Type of Trip: Backpacking and Day Hiking

Trip Cost/Deposit: $320/$160

Cancellation Date and full payment: September 12, 2022

Wilderness Level: 3 

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous - 14 mile per day maximum with significant elevation gains and losses

Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

Group Size: 8/8 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only

***Before registering***

While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

This trip is part adventure and part relaxation.  We will start with a backpacking trip and end at the Cumberland Falls State Park where we will have our own private cabins for two nights.

The Sheltowee Trace is a long trail through the national forests in Kentucky and Tennessee. We will hike some of the most scenic parts of the trail for about 22 trail miles in addition to day- hiking 10 or more miles in the park areas we are visiting.  After an earlymorning departure from Indianapolis on Wednesday, we will arrive at Bee Rock Campground near London, Kentucky to set up our campsite a few feet away from the Rockcastle River. Then we will have plenty of time to explore the scenic views of the rocks and cliffs in the area. Day two we will hike south on the Sheltowee to reach the Holly Bay campground eight miles later. We can explore the lakeshore and enjoy the fall foliage before having our trail dinner at our campsite. Our third day hike will cover 14 miles, mostly along the Cumberland River ending at Cumberland Falls State Park. We’ll check into our two-bedroom cabins and have dinner at the Dupont Lodge, known to be one of the most beautiful state park lodges. Sunday after breakfast at the lodge we will continue to explore the state park including the Cumberland Falls trail.  After a day of hiking, we will come back to our cabins for a relaxing evening. We can eat at the lodge or perhaps find local restaurant nearby. After breakfast on Sunday, we will start back for Indiana and arrive home by early afternoon. 

The trip cost includes shared transportation, two breakfasts and two dinners on the trail, camping fees for two nights, and a semi-private room with your own queen bed in a cabin for two nights.  Participants are responsible for meals on the road and while at the lodge.

Questions may be submitted to ciwcinfo@gmail.com.

All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee. 

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