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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.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 1,181 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Charity Hammontree
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HikingRocky

The trail was quite beautiful with different things to see in a variety of settings along the way. It was worth the drive there to explore this area.

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Trish Ferguson
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Did this on Sunday, solo hike. Felt like I had the whole trail to myself. Started with Slave Falls Loop, then Charit Creek to Twin arches. Made it about half way to arches but turned around due to concern of running out of day light for the trip back. Trip was good, muddy in spots where you cross creeks, a few down tree's to climb over or under but all and all a great hike. Logged about 11 miles total but at any point could have turned back sooner to shorten it. Next trip I'll start out earlier and push to do all 3 legs.

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David Baker
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Hiking

The entire loop is a great day hike. You can get to the Twin Arches and back in about a 1.5 mile out and back total, but don’t start and stop there. The Arches are amazing, but don’t neglect the Charit Creek Loop trail along with the Slave Falls trail. It’s strenuous in only a few spots (The steps and the switchbacks if coming up the trail from Charit’s Cabin, but nothing too horrible. We saw a baby snapping turtle (new born) on the trail to Slave Falls along with several millipedes around trees and stumps. You’ll cross the creek several times and trek through some mushy, muddy areas as well. Had it not been so dry lately, I’d say Slave Falls would have wowed us more, but it wasn’t flowing strong at this time. Still a good hike to see (3 miles out and back off of the loop trail right past Jakes Place). We didn’t see any bears until we were pulling out of the park back into the highway when an adolescent black bear ran across in front of us. It is a very good hike and one I’ll come back to.

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Peyton Zelenak
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HikingRocky

This trail was perfect for my dogs but it was a little steep so if you do decide to take your dogs make sure your dogs are able to go up and down stairs well.

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Sheraya Smith
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Backpacking

I spent two days backpacking in this area and hiked about nine miles of this trail counterclockwise (didn't do the section between Charit Lodge and Charit Creek Trailhead). The section along Laurel Fork was really pretty; there are several large, mossy boulders and pretty views. The Station Camp section was nice, but nothing spectacular. This section is also a horse trail, so it was significantly wider and more torn up. Note that there are three creek crossings on this loop; in even the most shallow path across, the water was often high enough to go over my boots, but it had rained the last few days. There are two nice campsites between the two creek crossings at the southwest corner, and another really nice campsite about 2 miles into the Laurel Fork section. Not really any campsites on the Station Camp section, though there's apparently a few good ones close to Charit Lodge, according to a staff member I talked to.

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Jason Brock
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The arches are the highlight of the hike but there's so much more to see. Lots of rock houses and cliffs. Go hike this one for sure.

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Georgette Tucker
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Hiking

Amazing , the twin arches were breath taking. Abosultly beautiful to see. Trails were greatly well traveled. In all my trails I have taken in the last 4 yrs. Never encountered any major wild life. Today leaving the arches. encountered a black bear. Not a comfortable feeling when on foot Blew my whistle, not really knowing what to do. Met some more people hearing the whistle . My dog never seen it, Good size bear, we layed back and let it do its thing. We lost site, till we decided to just ignore it. It was deffinatly curious. Kept staring at us as we went below it. But risks taken when you go out. Apparently mating season as the rangers we met leaving. Great experience, most definitely, humbling. Just think ahead.

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Nate Eicholtz
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Hiking

This trail is amazing. If you want to see nature’s architectural beauty this hike has it all. The hike from the parking area is moderate, but be prepared for stairs... lots and lots. Stay to the right at the fork in the path to walk across the arches and take in panoramic views of TN mountains. Then take the stairs down to get a closer look at the amazing arches. (More than one set of stairs to climb) If you have time and are in for an adventure hike down from the Twin Arches to Charit Creek Lodge, you won’t be disappointed. They offer snacks and drinks there, and You can book lodging (reserve ahead of time). They also offer full meals if you stay the night in a cabin or tree tent. Awesome food served family style. It’s a great little place in the middle of the mountains. Been there twice now, once in October 2018 & May 2019. Enjoy!

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Scott Cavanaugh
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The geology is stunning from the rock houses to the majestic twine arches. Worth the spur off to see Slave Falls. Encountered several snakes, one small black bear and enjoyed several yellow jacket stings durning an overnight camping trip with a group of Boy Scouts.

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Jude Fattal
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The Charit Creek Lodge is a rewarding treat to see along the loop. Lots of history in this area. Very pretty area!

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Tim Ellis
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Great area to hike and camp!

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Michael Taylor
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Backpacking
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Richard Hunter
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Backpacking

We had a group of mostly young Boy Scouts. We enjoyed camping at Jakes Place and the side trip up to Slave Falls was worth it for sure. This was the perfect loop for our younger guys with heavy packs and sore legs. Luckily we had amazing weather.

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Raymond Myers
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Titled "Twin Arches" but doesn't go within miles of the Twin Arches?!

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Mary Davis
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beautiful area.

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Lance McCormick
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Camping

Arch to Jake's Place...and out. Did an overnight with great company looping clockwise. Arrived at 12 allowing plenty of time to visit the larger arch/cave, stroll to Charit Lodge for late lunch and finish with a casual hike and liesurely camp setup at Jake's Place. We ate dinner and talked around the campfire before calling it a night. Woke up with a quick morning out and back toward Needle Arch and Slave Falls. Then it was time to walk up and out. The first mile leaving Jake's is enough of a climb to raise the heart rate a little. The last 1.7 are along the rock bluff, towers overhead. Just beautiful hiking before the ascent up the stairs/ladders.

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Ryan Welch-Roe
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Hiking

Beautiful geographical and geological landscapes.

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Kovvie Bishop
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, lots of stairs to climb so be ready but most definitely worth the trip! Rock formations were outstanding!

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Melissa Richmond
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Backpacking

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!

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

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Ginger Ritchie
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Hiking

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.

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Michelle Billings
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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.

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Terry Lee
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Hiking

Very nice trail. Love the arches a rock cliffs.

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James Smith
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Hiking

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.

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Will Eells
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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.

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James Smith
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Hiking

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.

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Deb D
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Hiking

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

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Steven Gilreath
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Hiking

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!

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Terry Reimink
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Hiking

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.

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