Star Gap Arch Trail

EASY 22 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
259 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running



19 days ago

Definitely one of the most amazing arches in the gorge!

2 months ago

Unmarked trail for as much as I could tell. You hike down the gravel road a little farther then I would have liked then the actual dirt trail is on the left. It’s not marked so you’d miss it if you’re not using the GPS. The trail down to the look out is great. Very easy. Pretty views from on top of the arch. We struggled to see a way to the bottom of the arch. Followed what looked like a rough trail that is to the left before you walk our on top of the arch. We slid down a small rock face and that put us on the bottom. Well worth it. There could be other ways to the bottom but I didn’t have luck seeing too many. The view of the arch is very beautiful. It was challenging to get down and up from the bottom so just be prepared to go off trail or sliding on your rear a little as it was pretty steal. My very experience dog did fine. I wouldn’t take kids to the bottom or dogs not brave enough to go through the rough and do a little climbing. It is steep. Be careful.

8 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.

8 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.

9 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.

11 months ago

great way to spend the day

Friday, October 14, 2016

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

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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

was a very nice trail. I enjoyed it alot!

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.

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.

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