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Definitely a difficult but fun trail!

great views. Trail marking is sketchy in places.

A nice trail. The arch was cool and a decent view at the beginning/end depending on which way you go.

If you are looking for the easy part of Gray's Arch trail, I would suggest just making an in and out trip from the campsite. It's a beautiful hike but I would call it more moderate than easy.

The original trail was full of people on the way up and pretty easy - lots of steps and places to rest. We took Battleship on the way down and saw no one. One bridge is still out (like a previous commenter said) but passable with some scrambling. There weren't any signs indicating the bridge being out either. Worth it though!

Good tree coverage so it is perfect even for a hot day. Perfect to take the dog.

Wonderful trail spotted lots of lizards

Love this trail.

The original trail is wide and easily navigated with children. The walk does climb and can wind you. Don’t take the Battleship up or back with small children. The stairs can be steep and a small footbridge is destroyed by a fallen tree but passable.

Well worth the hike

We went the opposite of this trail and went battleship rock to natural bridge. We liked it much more because the battleship rock trail to start is more natural and is an amazing forest setting. Good geologic features mark the whole trail and it challenged us well. Would definitely do this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail on the way back from natural bridge. Great to descend but I can imagine it’s a tough trail to ascend. Lots and lots of stairs. The balanced rock formation was really cool though.

This trail was more impressive than I expected, particularly the basin area below the arch and the arch itself, which is massive. The elevation change will get your heart thumping.

hiking
1 month ago

I would definitely do it again but it did feel like forever. It didn't help that my husband and I decided to increase the difficulty by taking our backpacking packs. There were many stairs and it takes about 45 mins to an hour to reach the natural bridge if you keep a steady pace. However, all the rock formations and natural views you see along the way are totally worth it. Needless to say, we took the original trail down from the natural bridge.

This should be upgraded from moderate. Hahaha listened to my husband and took this one up to the bridge, the good news is we made it lol. Definitely glad we took it but man it was rough. Making memories!

This was a beautiful place to hike. We took the harder trail that about killed us but so glad we did. Making memories is what it’s about.

Took the original trail up and this back down. This was prettier. Lots of hemlocks and rhodos!

Nice trail to a great bridge. The sky lift was closed the day we went so trails weren’t crowded!

First time hiker and these views and the Natural Bridge has me hooked.

took the OG up and to the lodge on the way back down. wasn't as natural on the way up or down but the views are still worth it.

This trail was beautiful! Hiked with a group of friends and really enjoyed the scenery. As soon as it gets tiring you are rewarded with awesome views!

Great hike if your a beginner, but I would go in off of Martin’s Fork. It’s about 6 total miles. The day before we took Koomers Ridge and that was about 16 miles.
For me, as my first hike, my feet were not used to it.

My girlfriend, doggo, and I did this trail yesterday. We started on the Pinch-Em then took connector trail that connected with Gray's Arch about a mile before the actual. The Arch was awesome and jumps out at you out of nowhere, its great place for a snack/lunch break. The trail includes a couple of creek crossing, two descents via wooden stairs, and a mild ascent/descent. I would suggest this trail to anybody visiting the area looking a good day hike.

Be aware that if you are starting from Pinch-Em that the Tunnel Bridge Road is closed to cars, you can still walk across the bridge, it just adds about twenty minutes to your hike.

Took the OG trail to the top of the bridge and came back down Needle’s Eye. Beautiful views!

Some beautiful scenery, and for this park it's about as secluded as you can get, but still way too crowded and way too close to the highway. If you like hearing cars go by on the freeway and groups of people in every direction then this may be for you, but it's not for me! Natural Bridge is a sight to see at least once though.

backpacking
4 months ago

A friend and I took our kids on an overnight hike on this trail. We had a 8, 7, 5 year old boys. They did well. The Arch is nice. A lot of people on this trail. There seems to be one area that’s popular for camping. Maybe because there is a stream there for water filtering. We found a baby copperhead 3 feet from our tent. A steep part of the trail has wooden steps. When the kids started complaining I told them it’s an Antique escalator. This kids you have to walk up. I also had them make up hiking/marching songs. All three kids was singing a different song. Good times.

Took the OG trail up and Devil's Gluch back down. Enjoyed every bit of it.

One of our favorite trails ever!!!

Good trail and well maintained. I enjoyed reading about the history of the park and the views are beautiful! However, it's not a trail I would come back to to do it again. It wasn't as natural as I would like (railings, tons of steps, pebbles to outline the trail, etc.).

hiking
5 months ago

This is a good option for descending from Natural Bridge. Due to all the steps, I wouldn't recommend coming up this way unless you are looking for some serious conditioning. The newer 'Balanced Rock' is somewhat interesting (near the bottom).

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