Explore the most popular trail running trails near Stanton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Best views in the Gorge! Easy to miss the turn if you are not paying attention.

Majestic Views
Challenging trail

Great views. If camping in the valley between courthouse rock and double arch, watch for flash flooding. It’s obvious that parts of the trail would be inaccessible during rainy days. Although no rain during my stay, it was impossible to keep the fire going with everything being so damp. Great hike. I’ll return! The only complaint is that it’s definitely a popular trail, but it’s obvious why. The parking lot fills up quickly, and we had to park on the side of the road a ways down and walk to the trailhead.

on Raven Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This private trail was awesome!!! You can tell that the owner who maintains it really loves the trail. Just FYI he opened a piece of his land for parking and it is $5 if you want to park there.

As for the actual hike well it was worth every drop of sweat!! The view on top was breathtaking! You experience various kinds of terrain and the hike progressively gets more challenging as you get closer to the top! We also loved that even though it was Labor Day we basically had the whole trail to ourselves. Only on our way down did we run into some other hikers. The entire hike up and back took us two hours but we are fast walkers and barely stop.

Highly recommend this hike and I hope that this trail remains open for many years to come. Myself, my husband and our pup would love to come back.

The views on this backpacking trip are some of the best I've seen in The Red. You get to appreciate all its aspects from above, the climbing, the hiking, the forests, the arches, all can be found here on this well rounded trip.

backpacking
1 month ago

On a family backpacking trip through The Red, we saw Star Gap Arch's name and just had to go see it, since my name is Starr. Now, I may be biased, but Star Gap Arch is my favorite. You can walk above and below the arch to enjoy all aspects of nature's sculpture.

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.

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.

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.

Fun beginner trail. First half flat and manicured. Hill was steep but paved. Over all fun,quiet and scenic. Not the level we hoped but very nice short day hike. Took 2.5-3 hrs. Great for kids

hiking
4 months ago

Be prepared for a lot of switchbacks!

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.

A must if you are hiking the Red River Gorge for the first time. Unbelievable views and good distance if you do the loop.

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!

backpacking
5 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. :)

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.

My friend Justin and I just completed this trek yesterday. A backcountry combination of several pieces of trails through the serene and beautiful deep Red River Gorge. We parked a car at the Sheltowee Suspension Bridge parking area, then drove another to the Martin's Fork trailhead and hiked back to the first car. It took us just over 4 hours to complete the 8 mile excursion. The start of the hike up Martin's Fork is one the nicest places in the Gorge and a pleasant hike. Then you'll quickly ascend to the top of Tunnel Ridge, which will definitely get you warmed up for the rest of the hike! After this you'll descend to a low saddle between Tunnel Ridge and Koomer Ridge before ascending the latter. From there you'll descend the remainder of the hike and follow Chimney Top Creek all the way down to the Red River. Most of the trail sections selected for this hike are very lightly trafficked and the sense of space and seclusion out in the middle of this section of the Gorge is superb. Great day hike. Bring lots of water, some good snacks and chocolate, and give yourself plenty of time!

Definitely one of the most amazing arches in the gorge!

Very scenic. Lots to see if you really look. The low grounds in the summer are nice. The views from the cliffs are beautiful. Not too difficult at all. Trail not marked too well for the walk back from Courthouse Rock.

hiking
10 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.

Loved this hike. It is one of my favorites in RRG. Highly recommend. There are great views.

Great views, the top look out was a little crowed but bad. Looks like a good place to camp over night, could tell a few people had.

Stop by and climb Courthouse Rock as well and it's a perfect hike. Little bit of everything. Only complaint is it's a popular trail

Awesome hike. Lots of cliff side views. Slightly rugged. Amazing views. Good distance for a longer hike but not take all day. Lots of sights along the way!

Awesome views. I climbed to the top of Courthouse Rock and I'm not sure if I would do it again. You definitely have to trust your coordination to do this climb without rope and harness. The trail is awesome though.

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.

Fantastic trail. Moderate difficulty. Love the wilderness and pine trails. Trail was well marked but we still got a little lost near the stairs by courthouse rock where auxier trail branches off.

Had a great time despite how my legs feel!

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