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Pinch-em Tight to Hanson's Point is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 692 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

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Forest

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Reviews (243)
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Letty Schamp
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Hiking

Nice trail. Mostly shaded. Well maintained. First half of this hike was well-marked. The second half up to the view - not so much. We got lost twice, which made our 5-mile hike a 9 mile hike. Oh well - luckily we started early & had plenty of water.

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misti drope
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Hiking

We added Hanson’s Point (extra 2 miles) but absolutely amazing view and totally worth it (maybe the best view at RRG we have found)! Otherwise trail was challenging in spots, but overall a true “moderate” trail. Lots of beautiful cliffs/overhangs/creeks, basically everything you want from RRG in one trail!

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Jeff Wilson
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Hiking

Beautiful overlook at Hanson's point.

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Rick Volkman
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Beautiful views but way too many people to enjoy. Overcrowded

James White
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HikingMuddy

Nice forest hike to a breathtaking view. Pinch em tight is pretty muddy up to Buck, beyond that not to bad. Parking is horrible. The road is closed just beyond Grey’s trailhead. So anyone planning on going to Auxiliary Ridge, Double Arch, etc had to change plans and find a new trail. Rangers were ticketing cars parked along the road.

Charity Baker
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HikingMuddy

Slightly longer than listed. But a great hike. There were people hanging out on Hanson’s rock so we didn’t get to go to the furthest rock. We did stop a couple times for the dogs to drink and such.

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Bethany Yonts
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Hiking

I almost want to say this has been my favorite hike in the Gorge. Hanson's Point is incredible, and one of the best views I've had in the Gorge. It's a beautiful trail, albeit a bit mild and flat at times. Great for dogs, and many spots for camping/hammocking

Mickey Osthimer
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HikingMuddy

pretty easy-going, relatively easy to navigate, rewarding views as well! some mud early on but cleared up after about a half mile and was real smooth then on out.

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J. Conaire Smith
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Hiking

Ledford Arches connector as well. There are several ways to get down to Ledford Arches, minimal scrambling is needed in one spot, nothing serious. The arches are about 50ft apart from each other but are drastically different in size. Great option after hanging out at Hansons Point.

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Kinnedy White
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Kourtney Determan
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with an amazing view! My pup and I both loved it.

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Jozie Zeller
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Hiking

Great hike! Saw many dogs! Finally wore my husky out after 4 miles!! GREAT views!

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jenny chambers
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Hiking

This was a great hike. An easy hike and scenic. The views at the end were splendid.

Emory Jones
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Hiking

This was our route to Hanson’s Point

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Matt Hill
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Hiking

Hansen’s Point is the best view in RRG. The trail that takes you out to Hansen’s Point is fun. I’m not talking Pinch-Em Tight or Rough Trail. I’m talking about the unofficial trail off of the Rough Trail. The majority of it is a narrow winding passage through a forest of small cedars. Along the way there are several large cleared out areas under the tree canopy that are good for camping. At the very end it becomes a finger like outcropping of sandstone. From the point you can see Chimney Top and Half Moon across the way and a lot of the valley in the gorge. You can go the exact same route you came but I always prefer not backtracking if I can help it. I took the Rough Trail to the Rush Ridge Trail to get back to my truck. It adds more mileage but it also adds more to see. You will get more of a work out taking the Rough Trail. It descends down into the valley before going back up. You are losing and gaining about 1000 feet of elevation. If you need water there is a spring at the bottom of the Rough Trail.

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Troy Daugherty
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Brent White
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Hiking

If you are looking for longer hikes, Auxier ridge/double arch and Indian Staircase are the best views in the gorge, Hanson’s point is a third if you want a decent distance hike. Very nice. I added on Gray’s Arch on the way back.

Jessie Jimenez
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Hiking

This trail was really awesome! Followed the map and it led to the sweetest view. We did go left at one point which led us the wrong direction downhill, just be aware of that! If I would have pulled out the map we wouldn’t have made that mistake. Great trail with shade and areas for trail camping!! Would love to do it again for the sunrise

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Josh Roberts
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Hiking

This is a very enjoyable trail. It definitely fits the bill as moderate and there are several other trails to add on to this one to make it as diverse as you want. There are certainly a lot of tree roots on Pinch'em tight, as others have mentioned. I found the trail to Hanson's Point to be the most enjoyable. It is a tight, narrow trail meandering through the trees. The view from the point is worth all the meandering.

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Anthony Stone
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Hiking

Awesome experience! Our group camped along the ridge line. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

Tristan Beachy
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Hiking

Fantastic view at the point! Took the rough trail back to make a more interesting loop. Trail in great shape and saw about a dozen folks.

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Mike York
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Hiking

Wonderful July hike. This was one with the BEST trails in all if the Red River Gorge! An added bonus over the 5+ miles we only saw two other people going in the opposite direction.

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Seth Rouch
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Hiking

Didn’t know what to expect really from this trail. In the end it was all worth it. One of the most beautiful views of the Red. Might remind you of Narnia as you walk in.

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Jerrica Rowlett
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Hiking

This trail leads to the most breathtaking view! It’s a relatively easy trail, also. The unmarked trail is pretty easy to find and follow. Plan on doing again when the leaves change in the fall.

Todd Laubenstein
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyRocky

Just to correct a few things. First this trail is at Red River Gorge National Geological Area not at Natural Bridge State park. Though the areas butt against each other, this trail is not in the boundary with the SP. Also my recording is not of this trail, but that's how Alltrails sees it (?) so my review points like mud/blow down may or may not be accurate. my recording includes: Koomer Ridge Trail to Hidden Arch Trail back up to Koomer then to end of Koomer with the junction of The Rough Trail then follows Sheltowee Trace almost to the Red River where I camped. Just full disclosure.

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