Gray's Arch Trail, Ft 205

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain37ft
Trailhead Elevation1,289ft
Top1,289ft
Elevation Min/Max1267/1289ft
Elevation Start/End1289/1289ft

Gray's Arch Trail, Ft 205

Gray's Arch Trail, Ft 205 is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 1,289 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 37 feet. The Gray's Arch Trail and Picnic Area parking is near the trailhead. Near the end of the trail is a cliff. This trail connects with the following: Rough Trail Ft 221.

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
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"A 50-foot-high natural arch and a small, shady creek with inviting wading pools highlight this Red River Gorge hike.This trail underwent major renovations in 2014 and is now a much clearer, nicer trail to hike. Natural arches are formed over thousands of years as water and wind eat away layers of soft rock and leave harder strata behind. The Red River Gorge offers one of the largest collections of sandstone arches in the country. Altogether there are reportedly more than a hundred in the area; without a doubt Gray’s Arch is among the most spectacular. It rises 50 feet, spans 80 feet, and appears even bigger because you approach it from the bottom of a ravine, the formation towering over you."

Gray's Arch Trail, Ft 205 Trip Reports

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7/10/2018
This is a beautiful wilderness park that is a real gem. There's a scenic waterfall if you go during the rainy season. The arch makes for some great photography and the forest is shady and green. Lots of wildlife along the trail like lizards and snakes so if you bring you dog make sure you keep them on leash if they like going after critters.
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1/27/2018
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9/21/2007
Gray's Arch is the highlight of this loop for sure and you won't go wrong checking out this sandstone arch from its only access via Trail 221. From the trailhead, the Arch is about a 1.25 miles traveling in a clockwise direction. You'll descend on the trail to the Arch, then descend further before you cross Kings Branch, a small stream at the bottom of a lush valley. From there, it's an uphill slog of about 500 feet. Steps in the trail help and your route levels off a considerably after that as you return on Trail 227 back to the trailhead.
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4/15/2006
4 Stars = Gray's Arch, Cave/Rock Outcroppings, King Branch Stream, Camp Sites. Gray's Arch is wonderful and spectacular - a must see. Then you come upon a cave/ outcropping that must have been used by Indians for centuries. It is two layered and very impressive. Great shelter during stormes. King Branch stream is a great source for water and bathing. All along the trail there is wonderful campsites. 4 stars only for heavy traffic - great place for families!
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1/22/2003
One of my favorite places in the red river gorge area. This beautiful natural arch is easily accesible from gray's arch parking area. Easy 30 minute hike with little elevation change. If you chose to go this way, you will end up one the top of the arch.
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Trail Information

Daniel Boone National Forest
Nearby City
Daniel Boone National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Gladie Visitor Center, Cumber- land Ranger District, Daniel Boone National Forest, (606) 663-8100
Local Contacts
USGS Slade; USDAFS Red River Gorge
Local Maps

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