Twin Arches--Charit Creek Loop

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Twin Arches--Charit Creek Loop is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
20 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail provides so many possibilities. We backpacked in without really knowing what we'd find. A long downhill trek took us to Charit Creek Lodge. What a unique place! Traditional style cabins with no electricity. Of course, we planned to camp.. but a nice man named Greg let us know of a couple cool, secluded sites in the area. One was pretty close to the lodge, so we even went back to have a beer with him later. We camped by a creek and didn't see many people at all! Maybe 2 or 3 in the 2 days we took to do the whole loop. If you're not AS adventurous, you could stay at the lodge (fairly priced) and do a shorter loop that doesn't require the whole 10.5 miles. It was challenging as there's a lot of rockiness and mud, a lot of uphill. But definitely beautiful. We went in the summer so everything is extremely lush and green. Definitely bring bug repellent.. as my all natural lemon grass remedy did not phase these bugs. They're brutal and will eat you alive. There are several little swimming holes near the creek bed, wildlife, blackberry gardens, and maybe if you're lucky you'll get pouring down rain for your hike back up towards the end. Plus! The Twin Arches are beautiful and majestic!

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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8 months ago

Great trail, the view from the top of the North Arch is amazing!

hiking
10 months ago

My friends and I hiked to Charit Creek Lodge for a overnight stay and while there we hiked to the Twin Arches. It was a beautiful hike. I would definitely do it again. The hike is Moderate.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

Monday, May 23, 2016

Absolutely breathtaking, 5 mile drive on a gravel road to get there not so much, but it is most definitely worth the drive. Amazing to our whole family. Be prepared to climb steps and a ladder. Make sure you take a flashlight.

hiking
Thursday, May 05, 2016

Very nice trail. Love the arches a rock cliffs.

hiking
Thursday, November 12, 2015

hiking
Thursday, July 09, 2015

Did the loop again this year! This trip never disappoints. We had some friends in from Florida and this is a must see for anyone hiking in Big South Fork. We met the new Charit Lodge Manager Greg, who was gracious enough to let us use the bathrooms, before heading out to our off trail primitive campsite. Be sure to make time to visit the lodge when you can stay. Great food and company while totally disconnected. I've spent a lot of time in Big South Fork and this was the first time I encountered a momma bear and her cub. She was only about 30 feet from us when we saw her. Got to a safe distance and took a picture. She was truly amazing and a great way to end the trip.

Monday, April 27, 2015

He sure to hike the extra 3 miles (out & back) to Slave Falls. Its worth the extra distance. When you reach the gravel road, yes the road is the trail for a brief time. Relax.

hiking
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A quick two mile round trip to the Arches not including the loop. We did the loop and Charit Lodge. The guy at Charit was great and pointed us in the direction of a primitive campsite within a mile of the lodge. Truly amazing place to stay totally disconnected from society.

The Arches are awesome and even have a small cave that goes through one of them. These formations are really amazing and a must see. Whether you come for a day hike are camp all week. This area is full of nature and scenery.

hiking
Monday, December 03, 2012

The hike is only 2 miles if you hike to the arches and back instead doing the loop. Cool formations.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2012

Great, relatively easy trail with lots to see: rock houses, water along the way, and of course the Arches. Have done this trail several times with various groups, and always enjoy it!

hiking
Monday, August 09, 2010

The scenery was amazing. It's hard to top waterfalls with 2 huge arches on the same trip. Throw a bear sighting and a great campsite in between (Jakes Place) and you've got a memorable trip. Stop off at Charit Creek Lodge for a soda and candy bar while you rest on the porch in a rocking chair.

hiking
Sunday, May 09, 2010

Girls week in Tn. Huge Arches. Was a easy walk in and got some great pictures. Took the short way in from the parking lot.