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Hanson's Point Spur

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0.8 Miles 1.4 Kilometers

46' 14 m


-115' -35 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (7°)

1,195' 364 m


1,083' 330 m


Shared By Chris Chaney



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A ridgetop trail to an amazing overlook in the heart of the Red River Gorge.

Chris Chaney

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This unofficial trail splits off of the Rush Branch section of Rough Trail near the western Rough Trail/Sheltowee Trace intersection. From the intersection head west on Rough Trail for a few dozen yards to a point just before the trail switches back and begins a steep descent. To the right another unmarked trail heads into a rough patch of woods. This is the spur trail.

Continue through an initial thicket of pine trees. The trail will open up shortly and hike through open woods. After a moderate distance, it passes through another section of stunted pines and sporadic deadfall before exiting into open forest again. Bear right as you cross the knob and follow the narrowing ridge to an exposed and rocky point. This is Hanson's Point. Views of Chimney Top Rock and Chimney Top Creek below are incredible from this vantage point. This is also a popular backpacking destination.


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Feb 23, 2019
Chris Davis
Some blowdown and slide, good times in spite of it all.
Nov 3, 2018
Mason Halcomb
Jun 23, 2018
Steven Boatwright
Dec 2, 2017
Michael Henry
Went from camp to Hanson's Point, my first time there. Incredible view. Was very disappointed with all the defacing. 2mi
Oct 18, 2017
Dino Rondene
Oct 7, 2017
Chris Davis
Sep 15, 2017
Jeff Gandee
Loved this spot! 2.8mi — 2h 20m
May 10, 2017
Nick Sapsford
Massive amount of deadfall and tight passages thru trees. 0.8mi

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Someone has cleared most of the big logs on this trail with a chainsaw, making this a pretty easy hike. October 2017. Oct 29, 2017
Jeff Gandee   Ohio
This is a very popular 'unofficial' destination in the Red River Gorge area, beautiful view from the top. We backpacked here in September 2017, loved this spot. The trailhead is unmarked but fairly obvious if you follow the directions. There are three nice campsites along the way. Please note since you are on top of the gorge there is no water--you have to pack in what you need. This is well worth the effort to find and hike! Mar 7, 2018
Yeah the logs were cleared in october 2017 because of the death of a camper that fell off of hansons point unfortunately. 4 days ago

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