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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.

This was really good for getting back into the hiking groove. It has a good amount of altitude increase to make it challenging but it isn't just incessant. All around an enjoyable hike.

This is one of my favorite trails I have ever done!! Better marked than I was lead to believe, certainly some rock climbing/scaling and creek crossing! My feet were SOAKED! All of the amazing waterfalls along the way made the trail even better than the overlook! We stopped a lot as my partner is a photographer and we really wanted to take the time to look at and photograph everything. Staked out some really nice campsites for returning in the future! I agree with other reviewers who said if you have ONE day to hike in the area, this is the ONE!

on Middle Creek Nature Loop

12 days ago

great hike! not as strenuous as some with amazing rock houses and well made trail.

on Twin Arches Loop Trail

12 days ago

a beautiful area! hiked down to Charit Creek Lodge then looped back out through Jake's place. total 5.5 mi.

Went the complete trail. It was easy, but it was beautiful!

18 days ago

With all the rain we've been getting, this Falls is beautiful right now. Lots of small cascades and waterfalls along the way too. But wear waterproof boots....its very soupy. Most of the trail has water on it.

Best hike of the year so far. The abundance of rain had every rockhouse waterfall rolling. Very well maintained trail, very well marked. We listened to the reviews and went clockwise on the loop. Great advice!! Pictures really can't do this hike justice.

One of the best hikes in TN. Pay attention to the markers but the trail isn’t as poorly marked as other people say. Never seen so many different features on one trail. Really technical but not super difficult. Be ready to crawl and climb. If you’ve got one day to hike in Tennessee this should be where you go.

Stunning. Absolutely one of the best in Tennessee. My son and I had a complete blast hiking this trail!

My and my dog went. Amazing trail and we went after all the rain so it was that much more fun!!

This was a great hike with great rock formations and the water fall

One of the very best trails I have ever been on. Not for the faint of heart. Trail markings are hard to find at times and it is easy to get off the trail. Lots of complicated maneuvers such as climbing ropes, cave traverses, and ladders. The water was up from the Spring rain which made crossing the fast moving creek difficult in areas especially with a dog. Still, this was an adventure course full of spectacular waterfalls, massive rock crevices, and mossy Appalachian territory that never ceases to surprise. Lots of steep and difficult elevation changes. It took us under 5 hours with lunch included. It is recommended to pack plenty of water or a filtration device along with a few precautionary emergency tools because of the remoteness of this area. Go see it for yourself. It’s an adventure to remember.

Love love this loop. Amazing views. Beautiful.

29 days ago

Moderate. Well blazed & maintained. Hiked counterclockwise. Begins easily through mixed forest. Descends to creek side past a few rock houses. Long rolling section along the water is very pretty/peaceful. A bridge is out along the creek but no trouble going around. Leave creek w moderate uphill. Finishes on the road w approx. .5 mi back to trailhead. Bit of a drive to get to this trail but worth it.

Easy. Well marked. Trail in good shape. Close to 3.5 mi. A lot of bang for your buck-many stunning rock features and small waterfalls on a short hike. Don't miss this one. Go soon after or during rain.

29 days ago

Easy. Well marked & maintained. About 4.2 mi with spurs to Needle Arch & Slave Falls. Really nice hike with superb geology & water. Needle Arch very cool. Slave Falls is spectacular. Recommend going after a recent rain.

Easy most of the way on well maintained riverside trail. Moderate section beyond the bridge up to Devil's Cave & switchbacks up to the lookout. Historical bridge. Nice waterfall just before the bridge & really special waterfall .2 before you get to the cave. Cave is a neat geo feature. Leatherwood lookout just ok but the loop features a nice forest hike with small falls. 8 miles.

1 month ago

Hiked this as combo with Angel Falls Overlook Tr. "Lollipop"out & back ,12.4mi. Most of the hike was easy with short moderate section on ascent to the Overlook. Well marked & maintained. Bridge over Fall Branch is broken but useable. Many good waterfalls & interesting rock features. Mult. superb overlooks. Mile section from Fall Branch crossing up to the plateau was outstanding. A lot to take in/enjoy.

This is a great trail with some good views but the best part is the Arches of coarse and the rock out crops are a sight also I think in one place saltpeter was mined lots of holes drilled in the rocks the part that follows the creek was peaceful but a little muddy loved it I rate it moderate

1 month ago

Nice hike, we cheated and came back to the car on the road.

The best hike I have done in Tennessee so far! The ice made it slippery but I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful time to go! It’s not an easy hike but all of the different obstacles/things to look at keep it fun! It is definitely easy to get off the trail because of all of the beautiful surroundings, so look ahead for trail markers! My German Shepherd/Alaskan Malamute may have loved the hike even more than I did! Can’t wait to take friends and family on this trail!

2 months ago

nice easy trail. beautiful waterfalls along the way. the river was Crystal clear.

Beautiful! Ended up making a wrong turn and ended up at the parking lot/overlook area doing this trail counterclockwise..not quite sure what we did wrong but ended up doing a shorter loop. We were the only ones out there on NYE and it was great! Definitely be careful due to ice in some spots, we brought our dogs out and it was difficult getting them up the stairs that lead to the lookout.

Referring to the larger loop hike (about 5 miles), this was a great trail and hike. Well maintained and the arches are great. But even more, the bluffs and rock formations all along the latter portion of the loop were breathtaking. The loop goes last the northern arch, descends down to a beautiful creek, passes the lodge, then slowly ascends to the southern arch. A lot to see along the way on this moderately difficult trail. Well worth it;

Easy trail but also gorgeous views along the western ridge. Very cool place to see the canyon, the forest and numerous views of the river far below while also logging some hiking miles.

Winter wonderland! Amazing day to be out!

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail literally in my backyard!!

Awesome cliffs, easy hike

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