Gray's Arch Trail Loop is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 580 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Note: The road to the trailhead may be closed due to COVID-19 measures. Hiking the loop counter clockwise is suggested since the path down from the escarpment is easier to see going downhill. It's a beautiful trial with gorgeous views from the bluffs.

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muddy
2 days ago

Not a bad trail! It was my first time hiking in about a year, and it was a good challenge for someone who hasn’t been too physically active in the past few months. Make sure you wear the proper shoes, because it can get really muddy!

hiking
4 days ago

We only did the arch and back...it was raining and muddy. The arch was nice and there was a little waterfall.

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muddy
6 days ago

Great views & the arch is very cool. Nice waterfall when we were there. (5/22/20). This trail reopened today.

hiking
10 days ago

Anyone know if this trial is or will be open this weekend 5/22/20?

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closed
26 days ago

The road to the trailhead was completely closed because of COVID-19 so we were unable to hike. Too bad, it sounds like a great trail. The sign said the closure started at the end of March and will continue indefinitely.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy and beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Really good trail! Went clockwise and was pretty moderate! A lot more people out than expected due to people wanting to get outside though. My Aussie loved it and had no issue doing any of it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Be advised though, park rangers were out ticketing any cars parked along tunnel ridge road. Also be advised that as of Sunday the Auxier Ridge area was still closed down due to a fire that occurred earlier. Aside from those things, Gray’s Arch was a lovely, short hike

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muddy
2 months ago

Great Trail during our lockdown/social distancing vacay. Going counter clockwise was a good choice as it gave anticipation to Gray’s Arch! There were beautiful formations we hadn’t seen anywhere else before. A bit muddy in areas. Our boys ages 10-15 did fantastic.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Different scenery along trail — some parts were rocky/sandy, others were heavily wooded and shady. There was one section that gave a whimsical vibe because of the tree roots and rocks; they spiraled together. The arch itself was gorgeous. Be mindful when wet as it can be slippery.

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
3 months ago

We did the longer version of this: pinch ‘em Tight to Rough to the Grays Arch parking lot. It was a great hike. Part of the spur to the Arch was icy, but if you were careful it was doable. We used this as an equipment shakedown for a trip later this summer so carried loaded packs the whole way. Views were great! Stream crossings were fine, a footbridge over one and flat rocks over the others. Trail was a bit muddy at times. You can do backcountry camping here, but due to the size of our group we stayed at Koomer campground instead.

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muddy
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Really fun trail. You get to see the arch, there’s three stream crossings, and several off chutes to overlooks. Watch for falling ice at the arch, also some slippery spots at the arch. The trail was muddy in spots.

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icy
3 months ago

Great active dog trail. Not over trafficked. Beautiful lookouts

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4 months ago

I saw several trees knocked down and for the first time ever, heard at least 4 trees fall. Also, the icicles are melting and falling on trail. Be careful!

hiking
5 months ago

It's really good! It gets interesting about half way to the arch. The arch is amazing. Everything in real life always looks better than the pictures. Be careful, there was large falling ice from the edges of the arch with the mild temps. The second half of the loop is pretty brutal as far as the uphill goes (hiking clockwise) and I'm usually not a wimp about that stuff. The highlight of the second half are the calm walk along the stream at the very bottom and then the amazing views at the top of the some of the lookout points on the way back half. If you don't like long steep accents, then making this an out and back to the arch may be for you. Either way, it exceeded my expectations.

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muddy
5 months ago

Great trail! The loop down to the arch is beautiful but be careful and remember that it is a loop around the arch. The end of the trail is very steep and is difficult for beginning hikers :)

5 months ago

short, easy with wooden steps

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was rather dope. Easy hike to the arch while a little tougher on the way back (steps steps steps). Scenery is really cool once you get closer to the arch. Didn’t end up doing the loop but still 10/10 would recommend.

6 months ago

probably my favorite trail in the area - beautiful arches and etching into the rocks from years of sediment - some of the prettiest texture in nature

hiking
6 months ago

New the the RRG but I thought it was a beautiful hike. The arch was stunning and the rock formations along the way were impressive. The scramble up to the arch was slightly challenging on slippery rocks. We did not go counter-clockwise and paid for it with four sets of steep up-hill stairs back to back. However, we were rewarded with rest on an awesome, large look out rock before finishing up the loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail. Not too rigorous. Appropriately categorized as moderate, but I only needed to help my 5 y/o through a few spots.

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7 months ago

Trail wasn’t very interesting; not much of a view, even once you reach the arch. Most rigorous part was 3-4 sets of stairs back to back. Was really hoping to be able to climb at least some parts of the arch, but it isn’t offered.

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7 months ago

Great view of grey arch, but boring loop. Just do as out and back, and spend your time on prettier trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of stairs so probably not the best option for young kids or pets but such an amazing arch. It was a cool hike too because it was shaded and in and out of caves. Good hike for a hot day.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Has some demanding sections when coming back out of the gorge.

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