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“A nine-mile loop that climbs from stream to ridge-top and back several times.”
— Adopt These Trails!
This 9.4 mile loop starts and ends at Martin's Fork. Enjoy Gray's Arch and Pinch-em Tight Trail. The run is scenic and rich in native flora. During wet weather, a beautiful waterfall occurs at the arch.
You'll experience spectacular rock features, including sandstone arches and towering cliffs, throughout this trip. Makes for a great overnight.
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Flora & Fauna
The rare white-haired goldenrod occurs near Daniel Boone's Hut. The red-breasted nuthatch is seen occasionally near Gray's Arch Trail #205
History & Background
D. Boon Hut Trail #209 leaves the Grays Arch Picnic Area along Tunnel Ridge Road. The trail descends into a deep gorge under towering cliffs. Below the cliffs are cove hardwoods with a thick rhododendron understory and other native flora.
The trail leads to a large fenced rock shelter that was once mined for saltpeter. The miners built crude wooden troughs and filled them with sandstone. They poured water through the sand to leach out potassium nitrate, an ingredient used to make gunpowder in the 1800s.