Pinch-em Tight to Hanson's Point

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Pinch-em Tight to Hanson's Point is a 5.1 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 692 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

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nature trips

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rocky
3 days ago

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.

hiking
8 days ago

Starting off on Pinch’em Tight trail it’s a well marked trail and nice easy stroll. The trail head to Hanson’s point is not marked and neither is the trail. The trail was made by a skinny drunk guy named Hanson is my guess after taking this path. You might wonder if you are going the right way but press on because it is well worth it. There will be several openings suitable for camping along the way. No water sources close by so pack plenty. We chose the last small opening before getting to the point and it’s a little to close to the trail so I recommend one of the larger openings. When you finally reach the point you will be moved by the depth of the Gorge. The sandstone cliffs cap the green rolling hills in a way that makes your first visit a lifelong memory. We got up early just to see the sunrise. The fog that collects in the valley gives the setting a serene dream like feeling. It can limit the view but the fog will rise as the day awakens. We drank our coffee and with a little patience we were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. I recommend this trail to anyone that is wanting an experience and not just an event. It was an easy hike with beautiful view. Now lace up your shoes and get out there! I will see you on the trails.

hiking
9 days ago

Worth the view, 100% watch your ankles tho lots of tree roots, down trees and brush.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Not too bad of a trail. Roots everywhere so a little rough on ankles, but definitely worth the view at the point!

Nice ridge line trail

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

The trail was not especially scenic but was nice timber. The adjacent full loop adds alot if your time allows. However it is more demanding.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail to hike just pay attention to your turns took about 45 minutes walking with no stops one way.

3 months ago

great trail. pay attention about half way through or you'll end up on Rough Trail. no water features but a nice hike

It's a good spot. Scenic views.

4 months ago

One of the best overlooks at the gorge.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

A nice trail for a cool day.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful overlooks. Extremely muddy today. Hanson's Point is one of the best overlooks in the gorge.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike! A must-see! That said, I never could have done it without GPS. With leaf and snow cover over parts of it and no markings halfway through, I never would have found it. Two keys: 1) When hiking from Gray's Arch parking (either lot), you come to a crossroad with Rough Trail in 1.5 miles. TURN LEFT. (I mistakenly thought that the unmarked trail to Hanson's Point was off of the "Pinch 'em Tight" trail. It isn't.) Turn left onto Rough Trail. In about 150 paces you'll come to a large fallen tree and the trail bends 90 degrees left. Follow the trail left a few steps, but then immediately after you pass the fallen tree, turn right! You'll see the trail. 2) After some time on the unmarked trail you'll come to a large opening. KEEP TO THE FAR RIGHT. If you stay right, I think you'll be able to pick up the trail again. I hope so, for your sakes. It's amazing!

7 months ago

Incredible view at the end. Very easy hike overall. Reports of the trail being overgrown are exaggerated imo. Certainly tighter in some areas, but easy to follow and navigate.

8 months ago

It had beautiful colors this time of year. wonderful place to watch the sun rise and set.

hiking
9 months ago

Best views in the Gorge! Easy to miss the turn if you are not paying attention.

10 months ago

Been going to the Gorge for years and never hiked to Hanson's Point until now. As others have said it's a fairly easy hike but the secondary trail going off 221 is tight. This is a place I would definitely recommend and look forward to visiting again.

hiking
11 months ago

The hike out was pretty and easy until we reached the turn off point for the unmarked trail to Hanson’s point. The trail was narrow and somewhat over grown. But the reward at Hanson’s point was beautiful.

backpacking
11 months ago

Had a great family backpacking trip on this trail. Side trail to Hanson’s Point is very narrow and low overhead brush. No nearby water source, so make sure you pack enough in especially if staying overnight. I recommend doing it at least once.

backpacking
11 months ago

The rest of the reviews are true. The view is stellar! The only downside is that it is very hard to find without GPS. There are several side trails which lead to nowhere. If you’re looking for a good camp spot, there are many options along the way! Whether you have a hammock or are a ground dweller (tent), I counted approximately 4 large clearings with fire pits and log seats for large groups. Couldn’t recommend this trail enough! Definitely worth the trek!!! Do not miss this.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

One of the most beautiful trails. The end of the trail is breath taking. Not very hard trail. Just look out for lizards and snakes.

hiking
Monday, April 23, 2018

This was a fun little hike with great views of the gorge. The hike itself isn't particularly difficult, however once you get on the actual trail to Hanson's Point from Pinch-em Tight the foliage does get a bit overwhelming. The trail is very obvious, but it feels like you are crouch-walking through a cocoon of pine trees. Wear long sleeves to avoid scratches on your arms. Hanson's Point is unique in that you get a clear view of Halfmoon, Chimney Top, and Cloudsplitter. It is definitely worth checking out!

hiking
Monday, April 02, 2018

I've been to Hanson's Point a few times, and it's one of the best views in Red River Gorge. I would recommend this hike in the fall/winter season. The trail to get to Hanson's Point is not an official trail. So, it's a very narrow foot path tunneled by new pine growth. There are a lot of fallen trees, so I imagine it might be pretty "snaky" in warmer weather.

hiking
9 days ago

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