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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.

backpacking
5 days ago

Possibly the best dayhike in Big South Fork, which is saying something in an area filled with good dayhikes. Arches are fantastic; try standing at the south end of either arch to get the best lighting for a pic. Passes numerous large rock shelters en route to Jake's Place (a pile of rocks, all that remains of a house) and Charit Creek Lodge. Soda and snacks may be for sale at Charit Creek Lodge, which also offers overnight lodging. Some climbing is required, but trail is mostly well-graded with good switchbacks.

Also, be aware that there are 2 loops starting at this trailhead that are sometimes called the Twin Arches Loop. A short 1.2 mile loop only goes over and around Twin Arches, while a longer 4.7 mile loop also takes you to Jake's Place and Charit Creek Lodge. This page is supposed to be about the longer loop, but some of the user reviews seem to be about the shorter one. The longer loop is the better hike if you have the time, conditioning, and energy, but of course the shorter loop is a better choice if you only want to see the arches.

great trail. absolutely go counter clockwise.
cross the road and down 20-30 yards is the start for this direction not the trail behind the sign as this will be the end of the loop. be aware at trail intersections for trail markers.

Good hike for kids.

hiking
17 days ago

Did this hike yesterday. It took us right at 5 hours. Pictures don’t do it justice at all! This is by far my favorite hike!

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Fun and challenging trail. Beautiful landscape. Be cautious, it’s a lot like a scavenger hunt looking for trail makers and random painted arrows.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is NOT 4.7 mi, it is a short trail 1.2mi with switchbacks you can pick up more legs if you want, still a very worthy but short hike!