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Beautiful arch and also if you go up some more there is a small cliff, a little dangerous for kids as there is no rails on that cliff. It is less than a mile walk and not bad at all.

hiking
17 days ago

A fantastic, family friendly short trail for first timers with a decent pay off at the end. The views around the arch are awesome, be careful on top of the arch, it is a bit slanted to the side

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!

Great Trail, easy to follow, beautiful ridge

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.

Very confusing, not worth it.

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.

Really fun climbing the arch

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!

Amazing views from the edge of the mountain! The road driving up there is TERRIBLE though. Took us 20 minutes to drive the 5 miles up there but once you get there can do this hike plus Chimney Top also. Worth the trip for sure! Best part for us wasn’t the Princess Arch but the views from the hike around it. Loved it!

Nice scenery and trails were good

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Very short trail, the views may not be as good as Chimney Top but the trails offers more to do which makes it slightly more enjoyable than Chimney Top.

Really perfect hike — we did it backwards, starting towards double arch, and it couldn’t have been better.

Definitely one of the most amazing arches in the gorge!

hiking
8 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.

Took Auxier Ridge to Auxier Branch to Double Arch back to trailhead. Very nice with some good little side spurs. Just be careful on the spurs, especially with children. Most of them are cliffs that you better watch what you're doing.

Great trail with lots of fantastic views and varied terrain. Starts along the auxier ridge, goes to courthouse rock (climb up the thru the crack onto the top of the formation if you're daring enough!), descends along Auxier Branch trail following a beautiful stream, climbs back up to Double Arch (one of the best views in the entire gorge), then goes back to the parking lot along the ridge line road (closed to vehicles). ~8 miles, a bit strenuous, but well worth the effort!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail, can be crowded. A little more difficult than Chimney Top. Go past the arch and keep going for a quieter experience where you can relax a bit.

Fun trail! The best part is the overlooks just past the arch. Worth going a little further to check it out! Path is easy and in the spring/ early summer there's blueberries. :)

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Trees and debris are move to the side now.

The main trail which sort of paved takes you to top of the arch so go around and follow diamond path and you will end up underneath the arch.

Arches are beautiful but hate that people have to write on them

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

easy trail but needed some trees and debris removed. arches are wonderful however.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice spot, very quick. If you go further past Princess Arch there is a great spot for views. For how short it is and how much there is to see, you can't beat it. Right next to Chimney Rock also which is a must for great views

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.

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