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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
12 days ago

Love this trail, gorgeous views for this area.

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.

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.

Really enjoyed this one! Nice views and scenery changes and definitely a good leg workout!

This isn't a trail. The majority of the route around the city occurres on major roads with no tree cover, where there is a constant stream of cars flying by. Breathing car exhaust by busy highways is not my idea of a trail. To make matters worse, Concord street has numerous houses with loose territorial dogs, so this "trail" is extremely dog-unfriendly...

Great Trail, easy to follow, beautiful ridge

A group of us started at Hwy 80 south entrance headed south to end at bunch road. Many inclines and declines make this hike very demanding. Heavy rain slowed us down some but before the end of this section, a cool suspension bridge before climbing the last mile out!

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.

The trail itself is what received the five star rating. It is well maintained and can be completed by almost anyone. The last part of the trail recording (after Bunches Creek) actually appears to be a jeep trail. The next time I venture on this trail it will probably be as a trail run. As far as Devil's Rock, I am not sure if I saw it or not.

Pretty decent little haul. Quite a few opportunities for water, as it mostly follows Rockcastle River. The part closest to Denny Branch is very overgrown. Mostly highway/gravel roads.

Started the trip by parking at the Rock Bridge picnic area with a 3 day pass. Got a late start and ended up camping on the creek about a half mile south of the wildcat the first night. The trail is rough a majority of the time with white diamonds blazing the entirety of the trail. It’s very humid on this trail due to the rainforest like vegetation. There are a lot of wet crossings and rocky obstructions which makes it fun to navigate. If you are filtering water be sure to fill up when you can because access to the creek at times is sparse. . Have fun!!

This trai in some maintence several down logs that you either have to walk around or crawl over and the trail was narrow at times. Besides that is was mostly in the shade and on a hot day it was over all a very nice walk.

backpacking
2 months ago

I love this trail. Lots of mosquito. Bring repellent.

Started from the Lodge on the Indian Bluffs Trail then continued on the PNT. Hiked 5 miles in and 5 miles back out. Very nice. No ticks or spiders this early in the year but I would not hike it in the summer. I saw Pileated Woodpeckers an Eastern Towhee and several wildflowers.

I liked this trail. Be warned we did see a rattlesnake and a copper head swimming in the pool of water where the big rock is. It’s a long trail and we didn’t get a chance to finish it. But the bridge was neat. Didn’t get to see a lot of birds, just heard them.

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.

This was our first time to the area. Trail was great in the beginning, loved the suspension bridge, but then it got confusing and we got lost. We happened upon one sign that the top had been knocked off, not sure what was on it. I’ll be sending in the picture in and hopefully they’ll get it fixed. On another sign, the words for the trail were barely legible. Somehow we ended up on the rough trail and had been walking five hours before we walked out, thankfully with the help of a couple of hikers who have been there before and who knew the area.

Three of us hiked in on the Double arch side, descended to the creek between Double arch and Courthouse rock. We found a campsite well off of the trail and stayed 2 nights, making short day hikes as we wanted - In June 2017 (=hot weather) But the creekside campsite was cool enough and the bugs were not bad.....worth it!

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!

first few miles was good but it got hard with big rocks steep hills and some places I had to almost just carry my bike several down trees and creek crossings , some great rock formations along the way trail marked pretty good but one place after you get to a gravel area I lost it but if you stay to the right going from the church direction you be good got to the end and rode the road back to the church took 2 hours 45 min on trail and 57 min back on road.

Trail is littered with trash. Downed trees and washed out portions.

backpacking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike will plenty of ridge views and river crossings. It’s a challenging one though. Quite a few climbs and descents. It’s easy to lose the trail in a few areas. I hope to do it again when I’m in better shape. :)

Very hard trail for a bike a lot of hike-a-bike trail was marked Well but one place you come to a gravel place the trail is up the hill to the left and stay down the hill

hiking
4 months ago

A beautiful trail, often takes you along the edges of the lakes. You have it all to yourself. Seldom used. Especially in winter. Just prepare seriously for the ticks in the warm seasons.

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.

probably great for trail running in the summer as it's not terribly challenging, pretty much just an old forestery road for the main part. Other than that not a lot to see and wayyy to muddy right now.

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