Bridges across streams, staircase down steep hillsides are crucial for accessing the Sheltowee Trace NRT. In 2019, the STA is taking on its most ambitious schedule of construction projects in the Big South Fork and the Daniel Boone National Forest.
On the schedule, in addition to the regular trail maintenance we are looking at finishing the Fall Branch Bridge Project in Big South Fork. Replacing the staircase at Mouth of the Laurel. Maybe get a privy at Cotton Patch Shelter. How about a reroute of the Trace off a road that takes you to some amazing places and adds 10 more miles to the Trace. Or how about a simple reroute of less than a quarter mile that takes you off a road. Or maybe we get a bridge replaced at Catfish Creek this year. These projects are designed to enhance your trail experience and enable you and your family to safely enjoy the Sheltowee Trace.
We have seen a growth in the number of users coming to the Trace which is good. But it also places a new demand on the land managers and the STA to maintain the Trace to the highest standards. With your donation to the Rue Fund, we are able to have the resources on hand to see these and other routine projects completed.
Your tax deductible donations here to the Gary Rue Access and Development Fund will go toward these vital improvements to the Trace. Thanks for your support. We'll see you on the Trace.