Twin Arches Loop Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Twin Arches Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

Great trail for the whole family with a few steep staircases to climb to start the trail. The Twin Arches trail are well maintained and marked with red leaf blazes. Take your time and view the huge rock formations along the way. Once at the Twin Arches there are more sturdy staircases that will lead to a trail on top of the Arches with views that can be safely enjoyed at an elevation of 1730'. The South Arch has a clearance of 103' and a span of 135' and the North is slightly smaller at 62' clearance and a span of 93'. Although horses and bikers are not allowed on this trail they are permitted on various trails throughout the Big South Fork.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail. The Arches are impressive as are the rest of the rockhouses and cliffs. The trail is well-graded with switchbacks; the tread is excellent with very few rocks or roots; there are boardwalks in the miry sections down by the creek; plenty of really nice beech trees on this trail; signage is good as well; nice to have facilities at the trailhead. I will definitely be back again...and again...and again!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Highly recommend.

2 months ago

Great hike with so much to take in!

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4 months ago

Amazing rock formations

hiking
5 months ago

Merry Christmas! We hiked this Christmas Day 2016, & it was amazing. Had the whole trail to ourselves which definitely made the day. Loop is well marked, & the forest setting is gorgeous. A fall hike for sure!!!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a wonderful hike. Two absolutely beautiful arches which you walk across the top of one to go back out. Its a short hike but has a lot of stairs. I have hiked this one a couple of times in the last month or so. Love it!

6 months ago

Great hike. We started at Middle Creek trailhead, and camped at Jake's place. The view from the north arch was amazing. The trail is moderate, stairs were probably the hardest part :-).

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8 months ago

I loved it, it was cloudy cool and very beautiful. We only did the 1.4 Mike, next time I would like to do the full thing 27th Jake's Place, and Chariot Creek Lodge.

hiking
8 months ago

*Facilities at the trail head*
This was a fantastic hike! If you're thinking about doing it, but may push it to the back burner due to the driving distance (2+ hours from Knoxville, TN)....forget about the distance, and DO IT. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
The trail was challenging, but not too strenuous. The stairs getting up and down from the arches are VERY steep, but doable. There is also a giant rock overlook that you can go checkout, before heading down to the Arches (trail is not marked, but just keep going past the both set of stairs, and climb up....you will know it when you get there).
What is so very cool, is that when you see the Arch to the west, you will then realize that at one point, you were actually walking ON TOP of this massive structure, and didn't even know it!!
If you are familiar with the panoramic option on your cell phone for photos, I suggest using it...it's pretty much the only way you will ever get the entirety of either of the Arches in one single photo. They are massive!
There is an option to take a trail down past the arches to Slave Falls, or get back in your vehicle and drive to Slave Falls. Just keep in mind that there are NO restroom facilities at the falls....only at the Arches trail head.
Whether or not you decide to make the drive or trek to Slave Falls, I HIGHLY recommend that you hike around the south side of the sandstone formations....you absolutely will NOT be disappointed. The massive outcropping of the sandstone just keep going, and going. You will be awestruck by the sheer massivness of what will stand before you.
I have added many of these images to the gallery here, so you can see what else is in store for you.

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backpacking
11 months ago

Great Area to hike....very scenic hike down to Jakes Place...and on to Charit Creek Lodge..