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Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
4 stars because of the poor markings towards the end of the trail. We didn't have much trouble finding our way for the majority of the trail, but in the last 2 miles, we had no idea if we were going the right way or not... it was super confusing and uncertain, but worked out OK. The hike was gorgeous and packed with tons of adventure. This was one of our favorite hikes and we highly recommend it. I wouldn't suggest hiking this one alone due to the confusing markings.
Beth Cupps on Big South Fork Gorge of the Cumberland River (Tennessee): Burnt Mill Bridge to Leatherwood Ford
Awesome place, the staff is wonderful and treat you like family. The trails are beautiful and peaceful. Good prices
Our trip to Twin Arches started at the Middle Creek trailhead. We went "straight" to Jakes Place, set up our tent,did the Twin Arches loop, then stayed the night. The next day we did the loops we had bypassed on the first day. Each loop was spectacular and had its own feel. There are two trails to the falls to see it from different sides. Looks like people go down to the falls (around fence line) but it is causing erosion:-(. The Slaves Falls Loop is rolling hills thru the woods and was pretty easy.
Our trip to Twin Arches started at the Middle Creek trailhead. We went "straight" to Jakes Place, set up our tent,did the Twin Arches loop, then stayed the night. The next day we did the loops we had bypassed on the first day. Each loop was spectacular and had its own feel. Middle Creek had great vertical bluffs and overhangs. This loop was easy but not to be missed.
The only reason it's not a 5 star rating is because the signage and blazing are bogus for much of the hike. Also some of the maps do not agree. But if you enjoy trying to decipher where the trailhead actually is (hint: it's NOT where the sign says it is) and occasionally having to search for blazes, it might be fun. Scenery is gorgeous and the rock formations are staggering at times. Some very nice campsites for hammocks too. Will likely do again just for the area around the overlook. Enjoyed the rope climbs and squeezing through caves.
Beautiful and unique trail. I need to go back after a few good rains. There was little water flow and no waterfalls. But the rock formations and shallow caves throughout were amazing! Take the trail counter clockwise for a slightly easier hike. But even then it will still be a difficult hike.