Big Turtle Trailhead – McKee, KY
- Date Visited: January 13, 2020
- Address: HWY 421 North - McKee, KY 40447
- GPS: 37.43324, -84.01042
While visiting the library in McKee, Kentucky we passed by the Big Turtle Trailhead and decided to check it out.
It is part of the Sheltowee Trace which is a 319-mile National Recreation Trail running through Kentucky and Tennessee. The trail was started by a US Forest Service landscape architect named Verne Orndorf in 1979.
The trail runs from northern Rowan County, Kentucky to the Leather Wood Trail Head in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Most of the trail runs through the Daniel Boone National Forest.
In 1778 Daniel Boone was captured, for a brief time, by Shawnee Indians and adopted as the son of the great warrior chief Blackfish. He was renamed Sheltowee, which meant “Big Turtle” and the trail is named in his honor.
Learn more about the Sheltowee Trace here.
McKee, Kentucky is currently going through the process of becoming an official, state-sponsored trail town for the trail and built this trailhead.
The highlight of this place is the “fake” building. A large building has been built which, to me, resembles on old western town main street. It included the town’s mercantile store, post office, bank, newspaper and sheriff’s office. It’s only the front part of the building though, the whole back is gone.
I just think it’s a quirky little spot in the middle of a great little town.