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Rough Trail and Gray's Arch is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 1,630 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Note: Trail ranges from high moderate to low difficult. The Rough Trail extends through the Red River Gorge Geological Area between KY 77 and KY 715. The trail climbs from stream-side to ridge-top and back down again several times.

Trailheads: Martins Fork Parking Area on KY 77 and Rough Trail/Swift Camp Creek Trail parking area on KY 715

Gladie Learning Center 3451 Sky Bridge Road Stanton, KY 40380 606-663-8100

East end of Rough Trail From Slade, travel east on KY 15 for 7 miles and turn left onto KY 715. Continue 4.1 miles to the Rough Trail/Swift Camp Creek Trail parking area on the left. From Pine Ridge, take exit 40 off the Mountain Parkway and head west on KY 15. Turn right onto KY 715; continue 4.1 miles to the Swift Camp Creek/Rough Trail parking area on the left. Rough Trail begins from the parking area.

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Taylor Beiser
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Nathan Sigman
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Great for trail running. A little muddy in some spots but most of the trail is in good shape. Gray’s Arch area is beautiful.

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Mike Hennessy
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HikingGreat!

This was a wonderful hike -- everything we were looking for: nice woodlands, wildflowers, streams, wonderful views, stunning rock formations. etc. Our recording clocked in right around 8.5 miles despite some casting about getting back on the trail after checking out Gray's Arch and the nearby overhangs. (You need to backtrack a bit to get back on the trail, marked #221 and not marked as Rough Trail.) A solid moderate. We hiked the day after heavy rains and the streams weren't bad to cross. But lots of waterfalls and runoff over the overhangs. We did this loop counter-clockwise, so the stairs weren't bad. One of our all-time favorite hikes.

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Franz Albright
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love

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Nathaniel Wilson
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Nathaniel Wilson
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Patrick Lense
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Lauren Moore
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Actually took 9 miles.

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Jane Morris
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Much longer than listed here! Not marked well, but using this app helped. Should be rated as difficult.

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Riley Griffin
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NOT for the faint of heart. This is much harder than it appears to be!

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John Sutton
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On the head side of moderate but absolutely worth the effort. Stunning views of the gorge and Gray’s arch was spectacular, while the creek side sections were calming. Great workout for us (51 yr old couple)

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Pat Burke
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

We did this trail instead of Auxier Ridge because the road to the trailhead is closed. Incredible views at the beginning of the trail, and great views to Gray’s arch. The trail map shows to go left at the bottom of the first long stair set just past seeing Gray’s arch, but take 15 minutes and go right at the bottom of the stairs. You won’t be disappointed! Be ready for a lot of elevation and downed trees as well.

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Natasha Mallery
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HikingBugs

Loved the trail. There were a lot of trees down.

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Tyler Austerman
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Trail was awesome. Lots of great views. The trail was shaded so the sun wasn’t a huge issue. Check out Hanson’s forsure. Be ready for the ups and downs in elevation.

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Lauren Quinn
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Quite a bit of elevation!

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Cody Staup
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great trail lots of views, and not to difficult.

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River Visual
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The Red River Gorge never ceases to amaze.

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Alex Mumma
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HikingMuddy

Pretty easy and well marked. Muddy but completed in roughly 3.5 hours. I’d recommend it since the Auxier Ridge trailhead is closed at the moment.

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Sam Walker
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HikingMuddyRocky

Amazing and beautiful trail! Many creek crossings, small waterfalls, large rock formations, and more. Did it alone in 4 hours (wasn’t rushing but didn’t stop too much). Highly recommend going clockwise as you end with a relatively flat part along the top of the ridge, then go down for the whole last part and it’s very satisfying (the first 2/3 is very up and down). It’s pretty well marked but I would still recommend downloading the map on here. Decently muddy right now but not enough that I wouldn’t do it again in a heartbeat (it rained the day before too). Great time!

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Caitlin Nichols
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This is a wonderful route to take through the gorge. I barely ran into anyone else and I went on a beautiful day and saw a lot of great scenery. The only places where there were a decent amount of other people were at Gray's Arch and the picnic area it has you pass (neither of these are surprising). I'd rate this as moderately hard; it took me roughly 5 hours to do but keep in mind I'm not in peak physical shape. Things to keep in mind: bring a map or download one on here. If you download one, I'd recommend using the USGS topo layer or the Terrain layer. These are better suited for communicating the unexpected forks in the trail you will encounter as well as the terrain. Also, this trail alternates between level ridgeline and getting down into and up out of drainages. Just be prepared to scramble on slopes a few times. BRING WATER AND SNACKS.

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Meg Shoemaker
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HikingIcyMuddy

This trail was difficult. But my goodness, the sights you see! I went in late winter/early spring. The mud was insane and I had to slide (on ice) down one of the steeper hills. Talk about a fun little adventure! I'm going back this fall to explore a bit more and enjoy the scenery.

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Darcie White
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I did the full loop, there are several splits that are well marked, but either need map or all trails to stay on track. Pictures absolutely cannot do justice to the feeling when you come up on the arch itself. Beautiful...majestic even. Was a bit confusing when the trail empties out onto the road and had to pick it up again past the parking lot. I always smirked when the parents talked about walking uphill both ways to school, yada yada yada. Well, I may have found that place in the universe where that holds true, because for some reason this trail felt like it was uphill nearly the whole way LOL. For the mileage, I think the 7.1 miles starts at the point where the loop begins. There is an additional 1-1.5 of trail from the parking lot to the start of the loop. There was a lot of hikers on the first half of the trail, but almost none on the back half.

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Mackenna Rife
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We backpacked this trail- great time!

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Sarah Bolus
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Fantastic with lots of changes in the path

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Lori Kime
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carried 50# pack this 2 miles and it was VERY difficult with the weight.

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chris smith
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great trail for all skill levels even got kind of technical toward the arch

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Sally Lambert-Warfield
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I love this trail! just the right amount of exertion for a good hike, and great wildflowers if you hike in the Spring. Gray's Arch is a great destination, too eta: I would agree with the reviewer below who said this was a moderate to hard hike. Rough Trail is aptly labeled. But it's not anything you need special gear for, just pack lots of water, some snacks, and dehydration tabs if you go in the summer.

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