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Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail

Slade, KY

Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail is a 5.4 mile loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Greenway Trail
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Mantle Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Short loop trail has a large natural rock bridge and large natural shelter. Part of the trail of tears. If passing through the area it is worth while.

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West Pinnacle
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

wonderful day for a hike today. the views from the west are outstanding at Eagles nest. Breathtaking really. Hope to complete the East again soon.

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Pilot Knob Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Good hike! Beautiful at the top! At times it is at the top of the moderate trail spectrom. A great hike!

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Whittleton Branch Trail
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30 Completed 15 Reviews

This trail runs along the river which is really nice unless it has rained, then this trail becomes a MESS and should be avoided. The trail is listed at 2 miles in-and-out total. This is inaccurate. A large portion of the trail is washed out and the detour adds another half mile each way. The detour is clear but takes you up and around the washed out area. Other than this, this arch is much different from any other arch in the gorge. It is as big as Grays but you can climb up the back, with some rock scrambling, and climb up on top of this arch. The mountain river flows over the edge of the arch for a beautiful waterfall. There are plenty o rocks to climb on once you reach the arch but the trail is rather narrow in many areas. It is also not trafficked much for being on a campground.

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Bison Way Trail
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30 Completed 15 Reviews

A decent hike with a well manicured trail. This trail joins the Sheltowee Trace Trail that will allow for all the hiking you desire. When you hit the Sheltowee Trace, if you go left the trail is not manicured as well but leads to some great rock outcroppings. I believe you can get all the way to the Sky Bridge if I'm not mistaken. It is an in-and-out hike. Lots of great campgrounds off this trail. If you are up for tent camping this could be a great trail for you.

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Graysarch Trail
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30 Completed 15 Reviews

The hike is great. The Arch is beautiful and there are lots of rocks to climb and enjoy. The biggest knock on this trail is the sheer volume of traffic. When I was out both parking areas were full and I definitely saw all of them on the trail to Grays. Once I got out on the Rough trail it was a really enjoyable hike. Down around the river is nice and it offers a bit of a challenge on the ascent to the Rush Ridge. Once you get to Rush Ridge you walk 180 degrees around the ridge so you get a great panoramic view of the ridge. Really a great view and would be worth the hike in itself. My GPS crapped out on my way off the ridge but the loop finishes about 30 yards from where it starts on the side of the road. Will absolutely go back for another hike here!

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Henson's Cave
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30 Completed 15 Reviews

This is a short hike to Henson's cave. One of the shorter hikes in the Red River Gorge. If you have small kids this is a nice one. There are steps down into the cave to explore a bit a well.

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Grays Arch Trail
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30 Completed 15 Reviews

Gray's Arch is awesome! It is not, however, the only thing on this trail to look at. The mountain streams, the Rush Ridgeline, along with the numerous rock walls combine to make this a great hike for anyone who has a couple spare hours and some energy to burn. There are a good number of stairs as you descend to the gully before ascending again to the arch. As you hike Rough Trail you should keep a keen eye out. It can be difficult to keep the trail as it keeps you zig zagging across the mountain stream. The ascent on Rough trail must be where the name came from, it was rough. It has rained a lot over the last couple days though so the trail was quite muddy and slick in areas. Overall, a great hike and worth every ounce of effort spent.

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Princess Arch
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30 Completed 15 Reviews

Good trail. When you get to a large rock outcrop less than .25 mile in you are over the arch. If you backtrack just a couple yards, there is a trail that goes down under the arch. It requires just a bit of rock scrambling but the arch is beautiful. Also, if you have kids they'll enjoy the holes in the rock. They're big enough to climb in for a picture perfect moment.

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