Grays Arch Trail #205

Area Status: Open

Grays ArchGrays Arch Trail #205 begins at the Grays Arch Picnic Area off of Tunnel Ridge Road. After 1/4-mile, the trail follows Rough Trail #221 down the ridge and then off into a drain to King Branch. The trail again forks, continuing to Grays Arch. During wet weather, a beautiful waterfall occurs at the arch. This trail is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

The Red River Gorge Geological Area has more than 100 natural arches, the greatest concentration of arches east of the Rocky Mountains.  

Grays Arch Trail #205 Map (pdf)

Trail Connections: Rough Trail #221 (7 miles)
Trailhead: Grays Arch Picnic Area

At a Glance

Fees: No fee for trail use. 
Open Season: Open all year
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations
Closest Towns: Slade, KY
Passes: No fee for trail use. All vehicles on KY 15 or in the Red River Gorge and Indian Creek area north of KY 15 must display a recreation permit for backcountry camping between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. $5/day; $7/3 days; $50/annual pass. Recreation Passes and Permits‚Äč
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General Information


Parking is available at the Grays Arch Picnic Area and trailhead parking lot. 


This trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 

The toilet facilities at the trailhead are accessible. 



Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left and then right onto KY 15; travel east 3.2 miles to Tunnel Ridge Road on the left. The Grays Arch Picnic Area is less than one mile on the right.

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