Grays Arch Loop Trail

HARD 43 reviews

Grays Arch Loop Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Slade, KY that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.0 miles 815 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

Hiking the loop counter clockwise is suggested since the path down rough trail from the escarpment is easier to spot going downhill. It's a beautiful trial with gorgeous views from the bluffs.

25 days ago

Great hike with a variety of terrain! We chose to make this a larger loop by doing the Gray’s Arch (#205), Rough (#221), Pinch ‘Em Tight (#223) Loop, which came to about 7.5 miles. There are a few opportunities here to get a bit off-trail, the first being at Grays Arch. Once you pass the arch on the trail, go down the staircase, and there is a side trail ahead of you which will take you up to the arch itself. There are two amazing cliff vantage points off trail along this route, which you can see on my map below, the first just past the Rough Trail & and Rush Ridge Trail junction on the left, where we stopped to eat without knowing about the second vantage point. The second point which we found out about from a fellow hiker, called Hansen's Point, was the most beautiful. as well as the most dangerous. This unofficial trail splits off of the Rush Branch section of Rough Trail near the western Rough Trail/Sheltowee Trace intersection. For more info about this spur, see: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7006440/hansons-point-spur

1 month ago

Great trail! You get a good workout on this trail!

1 month ago

I just went to grays arch Wednesday. And man did I enjoy hiking the trails. Even though the gas stations where out of the over night parking pass. I was disappointed not able to overnight camp there. Maybe I'll try again in the future and maybe call in advance.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Grays arch is beautiful. Trail's not too hard, and you get a great feel for Daniel Boone Forest

backpacking
2 months ago

Gray's Arch is impressive and a must see when visiting RRG. Here is a link to a video of an overnight trip I took in that area around a year ago. You can see Gray's Arch as well as some other trails and highlights in that general area of RRG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aP2dAgU1JE

hiking
2 months ago

It would've been better if the end part of the loop wasn't closed down. Grey's Arch was amazing but the point of this trek was it was supposed to be a loop

3 months ago

Love this trail. It's got some terrific terrain and under the arch is a great point to rest. One of my favorite RRG trails.

3 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Fantastic loop that contains a ridgeline, easy creek crossings on stones, and a large beautiful arch. I recommend that you take the loop backwards whereby you pass the arch last. Otherwise, you will have a long uphill climb after passing the arch. If you park at the grays trailhead, you will need to walk back a short way (perhaps .1 mi) on tunnel ridge road to find the starting point. You will return to the grays parking area. This trail is actually 3.9 miles according to the GPS watch. Definitely worth it.

camping
4 months ago

easy hike. my family enjoyed it. good for kids of all ages except stroller.

5 months ago

it was OK. only one brief hard part.. did it fairly quickly. if you don't pay attention you will miss the arch!

hiking
5 months ago

Would not rate this as hard but moderate. Great hike. The arch is very impressive. Did Grays to Rough to Rush Ridge. Not as difficult as Auxier.
Loved the hike and the scenery.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Easy getting to the arch because it's mainly downhill. Coming back up is a bit more challenging but not too intense.

7 months ago

we did the D Boon hut trail then joined rough trail to grays arc and then back. it was gorgeous, but a bit more of a challenge than I was expecting going up from the hut with a dog.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail as part of our Rough Trail trek, starting at Angel Windows and working our way past Greys Arch and on to Martins Fork. this is backward from what most due but we parked at AW hiked about 7.5 hrs then went back getting car.Makes for a great all day trekking adventure highly recommend.

hiking
9 months ago