Gray's Arch Trail Loop

MODERATE 197 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

6 days ago

great views. Trail marking is sketchy in places.

7 days ago

A nice trail. The arch was cool and a decent view at the beginning/end depending on which way you go.

10 days ago

If you are looking for the easy part of Gray's Arch trail, I would suggest just making an in and out trip from the campsite. It's a beautiful hike but I would call it more moderate than easy.

hiking
12 days ago

Good tree coverage so it is perfect even for a hot day. Perfect to take the dog.

Wonderful trail spotted lots of lizards

hiking
25 days ago

Love this trail.

1 month ago

Well worth the hike

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was more impressive than I expected, particularly the basin area below the arch and the arch itself, which is massive. The elevation change will get your heart thumping.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike if your a beginner, but I would go in off of Martin’s Fork. It’s about 6 total miles. The day before we took Koomers Ridge and that was about 16 miles.
For me, as my first hike, my feet were not used to it.

hiking
3 months ago

My girlfriend, doggo, and I did this trail yesterday. We started on the Pinch-Em then took connector trail that connected with Gray's Arch about a mile before the actual. The Arch was awesome and jumps out at you out of nowhere, its great place for a snack/lunch break. The trail includes a couple of creek crossing, two descents via wooden stairs, and a mild ascent/descent. I would suggest this trail to anybody visiting the area looking a good day hike.

Be aware that if you are starting from Pinch-Em that the Tunnel Bridge Road is closed to cars, you can still walk across the bridge, it just adds about twenty minutes to your hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

A friend and I took our kids on an overnight hike on this trail. We had a 8, 7, 5 year old boys. They did well. The Arch is nice. A lot of people on this trail. There seems to be one area that’s popular for camping. Maybe because there is a stream there for water filtering. We found a baby copperhead 3 feet from our tent. A steep part of the trail has wooden steps. When the kids started complaining I told them it’s an Antique escalator. This kids you have to walk up. I also had them make up hiking/marching songs. All three kids was singing a different song. Good times.

5 months ago

One of our favorite trails ever!!!

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked Grays Arch, Rough trail and Pinch’em Tight over 2 days and one overnight primitive camping in the deep woods.
Excellent adventure

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked to the arch and back (not the loop) Sunday. It was pretty crowded since the weather was nice. Trail is well maintained. To the arch is easy, back to trail head is mostly up hill, lots of steps, lots of incline. Arch is beautiful. Wish I would have done the loop. The other half is rough trail and everyone on the path said don’t do it just go back, but after more review online it sounds like the rough path side is fine and I could have managed it as an intermediate hiker. Will definitely go back to do the full loop.

7 months ago

If this is hard, Indian Staircase should also be hard. But this is a really nice trail that I'd happily do again.

hiking
7 months ago

Great arch with nice vistas. I would rate this trail moderate as opposed to hard. There was a lot of human waste near the arch in areas where you could explore - gross.

hiking
8 months ago

Popular trail. Ran the trail down to the steps that get you to the arch and then climbed up the back of the arch using the provided rope. It was aweeeesome! Will definitely do it again :)

8 months ago

Beautiful hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail...

8 months ago

Great trail.

10 months ago

Eat your Wheaties.

hiking
10 months ago

This has a diverse amount of sites-naturally the arch which is amazing, abstract-like rock formations, native forest, babbling creek to cross a few times and a rock vantage point to appreciate the vista while eating lunch.

11 months ago

can be used as a connector trail, but is a great trail on its own. there are several nice views, a few good camping spots, and easy ridge top walking. This trail by itself is only about 1 mile, it would be a nice hike in the fall.

hiking
11 months ago

Parked at the picnic area, and, after starting towards the trail head, we remembered the previous comments stating to go counter-clockwise. This requires walking out to the road and starting with directions for the "pinch-em-tight" trail. Near the end of the loop, we explored off trail and climbed up to the under side of Gray's Arch. We call this a happy accident! Fairly low traffic on the loop and perfect weather. We would visit again!

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing views, hiking, elevation changes and people along the trail. Great if you want to challenge yourself as the second half has quite the climb up.

trail running
11 months ago

Great running,

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Trail is all downhill going to the arch which means it's all uphill leaving. That's when it gets hard. Worth the hike to see though. Love the RRG

backpacking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice straightforward hike with stairs to help you in or out of the valley. Gray's Arch is the best feature. The overlooks on this trail aren't as impressive as some other spots in the gorge. Take the east-bound unofficial side trail to a ridge in the northeast part of the loop. It is near the intersection for the eastern part of Rough Trail. This has a pristine overlook and camping spot. Great loop for training or trail running.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Nice hike to impressive Grays Arch. Ridgetop areas are fairly easy, but climbs in/out of ravines are fairly steep. Grays Arch is popular and trailhead parking area is small, so plan weekday or winter visit to reduce the crowds.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beautiful hike

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