Gray's Arch Trail, Rough Trail, Ft 221

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Distance0.9mi
Elevation Gain586ft
Trailhead Elevation1,270ft
Top1,272ft
Elevation Min/Max983/1272ft
Elevation Start/End1270/1270ft

Gray's Arch Trail, Rough Trail, Ft 221

Gray's Arch Trail, Rough Trail, Ft 221 is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,270 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 586 feet. The trail ends near the Gray's Arch viewpoint. There are also a cliff and a forest near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Rough Trail Ft 221.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sean Patrick Hill
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"One of the quickest and easiest ways to see one of the most famous arches in the Red River Gorge region is to make a short ramble through the forest to Grays Arch. Perched above an impressive overhang of cliffs dripping a steady pulse of water into a huge amphitheater of sandstone, Grays Arch spans 80 feet and stands 50 feet." Read more
Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This loop hike has a lot of ups and downs, literally. Leave the Grays Arch trailhead and enjoy some views before coming to the massive stone feature for which this loop is named. Grays Arch is one of the biggest draws in the Red River Gorge, and deservedly so. The arch is in an alcove where water falls from a ledge, massive boulders lie still among the rhododendron, and rock shelters look out on the scenery. Beyond the arch, this loop picks up the Rough Trail and drops into King Branch, only to climb out and descend again to Rush Branch. Climb from Rush Branch to meet the Sheltowee Trace, which will take you back to the trailhead. Outstanding Features: Grays Arch, King Branch, rockhouses, views, and waterfall." Read more

Gray's Arch Trail, Rough Trail, Ft 221 Reviews

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8/19/2018
Grays arch is amazing. I will do it again in the fall. Amazingly beautiful .
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9/26/2011
We took a group of Boy Scouts backpacking here. Gray's Arch is an awesome sight. We then replenished water supplies at King Branch and turned onto Rough Trail. Steps were difficult for our novice group and we took the Rush Ridge Trail to shorten our planned hike. Overall, a great trip.
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10/11/2009
This hike was very well described in the guide. The area around Grays Arch was awesome, featuring, besides the arch, a huge alcove with a small stream of water falling from the top. The trail had some ups and downs and was very well marked. All the views, except the very last one, were through the trees. The last view isn't the best view in the park, but is nice none the less. If your looking for a trail with great views, take the Auxier Ridge Trail. Overall, it's a great hike.
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9/15/2009
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7/10/2007
The trails.com trail guide of Grays Arch Loop could not have been more accurate. It was really helpful in navigating this beautiful trail!! I highly recomment the Grays Arch Loop for anyone interested in a diverse trail with gorgeous scenery, and who isn't afraid of a challenge. The two uphill climbs were fun, but rigorous and would probably be too difficult for children, elders, or anyone who isn't in pretty good physical condition. Other parts of the trail were a little tricky to navigate too, but don't let that deter you - this trail is worth every bit of effort! Just like the reviews predicted, the 4.2 mile loop took us just under 3 hrs. - the perfect day hike!!
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5/26/2007
The overall experience we had on this trail was exhilirating. The change in elevation and scenery were memorable. The trail was not marked very well in crucial parts. We, along with many others, were lost at two different places. We followed up a trail we thought was the Rough Trail but ended up over a huge cliff! We traced out steps back and luckily found the correct trail to complete the loop. We took 5.5 hours instead of the stated 3 hours due to these re-loops.
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4/15/2006
4 Stars = Gray's Arch, Cave/Rock Outcroppings, King Branch Stream, Campsites. Put all 4 together and you have a wonderful place to visit. Heavy traffic during weekends keeps it from 5 stars. King Branch provides the water and the cave provides shelter. The hike is fairly easy and the trail is well marked - Great for Families!
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12/10/2005
Beautiful loop trail with two different types of terrain. The arch is spectacular. You can camp at the foot and watch the moon rise through it. Any novice can hike it.
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Trail Information

Daniel Boone National Forest
Nearby City
Daniel Boone National Forest
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Slade
Local Maps

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Dec 2018