Pinch Em Tight, Rough Trail and Rush Ridge Loop

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Daniel Boone National Forest

Pinch Em Tight, Rough Trail and Rush Ridge Loop is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.9 miElevation gain751 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingNature tripsRunningForestViewsRocky
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This wooded trail has a few steep sections but overall is a beautiful hike. Be aware that there’s a point near where 221 and 227 meet that requires you to traverse up/down a rock formation and it is easy to get turned around there.

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Lucas Spencer
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very good.

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Lori Strosnider
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Easy to follow except one spot by the cliff- you need to go to the left and really hug the overhang.

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Grant Robinson
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Added a side 2 mile trip to grays arch which made it quite challenging. In total about 7 challenging miles

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Scott Rickard
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Jeremy Ashley
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Amazing day!! This was a great 9 mile route!!

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Megan Adami
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Megan Adami
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Rachel Lewis
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All in the forest, pretty well marked if you know the steps and follow the AllTrails map. We walked fast and barely stopped and took 2 hours.

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Heather Hinkle
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Beautiful hike. Only tough section for me was RT#221 section. Add Hanson’s point trail (easy and unofficial get a map) for extra treat. It adds 2.5 miles. (out and back)

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vitian Robinson
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Nicholas Morgan
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William Davis
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Wonderful easy trail

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Stephanie Portell
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Aptly named the rough trail!

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Brian Delmonico
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Melea Peloquin
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Had all the elements.

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Tracy McKinley
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Hiking

Great family hike with our dog. Definitely moderate and a few areas were steep and slippery but we enjoyed it and will go back.

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Eric Lanter
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Highly recommended. Good day of hiking with that hike and Gray’s Arch

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Maggie H
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Nice hike. After a storm there was one spot that was muddy/slick and might be tough if you’ve got bad knees, but otherwise fine. Longer than noted in AT — 4.2 miles total.

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Ellen Demos
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Martins Fork to Grays Arch, punch em tight and Daniel Boone hut, fabulous day!

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Graham Schick
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Good hike. Slightly more than 3.9 miles

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Erika Berntsen
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Hiking

A nice easy walk in the woods for the dogs. Not too many people even on a beautiful day. Would do again

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John Harris
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It's been very rainy the past few days, so it was muddy in spots, but nothing terrible. A beautiful trail with a bunch of great views of rock formations, several waterfalls and creeks, and some nice open views from the tops of the ridges. It's late March, so quite wet, and Covid-19 just hit the fan last week, so we came across one couple in 4 miles.

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Vince Gouge
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Great trail with beautiful views! Added on rough trail to make it a loop and it was definitely worth the extra 0.6 miles.

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Jerrica Rowlett
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We did this loop and added the out and back to Hanson’s Point. It’s one of my favorite hikes in the gorge so far! Very well marked, gorgeous views, and a really cool overhang area that we explored.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Great loop, lessor traveled, minimal views but nice valleys. Best hiked counter clockwise.

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Barry Farmer
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Amy Schill
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Great less-populated trail if you’re looking for a nice hike but don’t need to see spectacular views. We got lost at one point so keep an eye out for the trail marker diamonds. If you don’t see any for awhile, you’re off the trail even if you’re on what looks like a trail.

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Chris Canjar
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Ben Baker
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Derek Metten
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