17 honored for hiking Kentucky’s longest trail

LIVINGSTON, Ky. (AP) – Seventeen people who hiked hundreds of miles of Kentucky’s longest trail this year have been honored by the Sheltowee Trace Association.

Each year, the association leads a series of guided section hikes on the entire length of the Sheltowee Trace called the Hiker Challenge.

Hikers are able to complete the Trace in 11 months by hiking one weekend a month.

Association officials say the people who completed the trek included 71-year-old Kaner “Rudy” Davis of Lexington, making him the oldest to complete the Hiker Challenge.

The Sheltowee Trace covers 269 miles in Kentucky, with the remainder in Tennessee. The trace begins above Morehead, Kentucky, and travels southwest through the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, into the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and into Tennessee.