Star Gap Arch Trail

EASY 16 reviews

Star Gap Arch Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stanton, Kentucky that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Star Gap is a great arch! It is one of the fab five arches in the gorge. Hiking on the gravel stinks, but once you get to the turn off, this trail is a nice walk in the woods. Getting under the arch is easier if you switchback down a side trail to the left. Look for this side trail a couple hundred feet before the trail goes on top of the arch. Once you go back to the main Star Gap Trail and reach the fork again, continue out to the end of this ridge to reach Pepe's Point, a great overlook. Many camping spots on this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I'd give it better reviews but there is a ton of garbage and old vehicles off the left fork of the trail. I wish the forestry service would get in there and clean it up. Otherwise, even with the other trails packed, we only saw one other person on this trail. A great quick trail to do overall and there are a couple decent spots for doing some backpacking - especially with children.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Don't stop only at the Arch. Although one of my favorite arches at the Gorge, there is almost two miles of ridge trail beyond it. Fantastic views. See my recording.

Get a copy of The Hinterlands written by Jerrell Goodpastor. Jerrell describes in detail 100 or so unmarked trails in
Red River Gorge. A must for any lover of the Gorge.

backpacking
5 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

6 months ago

great way to spend the day

camping
11 months ago

Nice camp spots and great high views.Deff will be back...

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

beautiful views from the top. I'd love to go down inside, but without climber's gear or balls of steel, I can't figure out how! there's a Grandview of the whole arch from the back trail in the last camp site before approaching the arch.

hiking
Friday, June 10, 2016

was a very nice trail. I enjoyed it alot!

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Monday, May 02, 2016

the hike there is easy.
this was my first rapel and the hike back up was a little challenging, but fun.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Unmarked and difficult getting to the actual arch but worth it! Massive and awesome.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Great trail with awesome views and an arch. Hiked this on a Saturday in July, only seen one other person on the trail.