Twin Arches Loop Trail

MODERATE 84 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.

4.7 miles
741 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





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.

1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful views. Stay at Jake's Place and do a side hike to Slave Falls.

1 month ago

Really great hike! Lots of flowing water and small falls from all the recent rain. Multiple wildflower species just popping out. Recommend starting on lower arch part of loop and taking loop all the way to Jake’s Place (ideal spot for picnic or rest on the rock benches) and on to Charit Lodge. There’s a suspension bridge that follows on to the Sheltowee Trace we had to try out just off main trail. Then on for a relatively steep climb for the last mile. Well worth the finish on the upper loop.

Trail was well kept. Just before and following Jake’s Place there were lots of wooded plank bridges on the trail that made for fun adventures for the kids. This part of the trail followed a well flowing creek. Very wet and muddy trail on the back side but the previous day it rained all day. Waterproof or resistant boots a must.

Took us approximately 4 hours. The 5 year old set the pace.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

Love love this loop. Amazing views. Beautiful.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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;

6 months ago


6 months ago

Great little hike. Good vistas from the top of the arches. The loop trail has some pretty amazing trees as well.

7 months 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.

7 months 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!

7 months ago

We did the loop trail, about 1.2 miles. The arches are fantastic, and one even has a cave. There are steep stairs, so keep that in mind if you are hiking during rainy weather.

8 months ago

Loved this trail. The rock transformations were awesome.

10 months ago

Easy hike if you just go to twin arches. A natural of wonder of Mother Nature.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great hike. Highly recommend.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great hike with so much to take in!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Amazing rock formations

Monday, December 26, 2016

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!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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 :-).

Saturday, October 01, 2016

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

*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 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'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 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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Definitely do the loop going towards Charit Creek Lodge first. This lets you approach the sandstone cliffs and arches from a beautiful viewing perspective Really nice hike with lots to see

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Love the arches. Stairs will make your legs burn.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Made this loop as part of a 20 mile hike I did in Big South Fork.

Our route took us from Bandy Creek Campground up Jack's Ridge Loop. Then on Laurel Fork Creek Trail to Station Camp Creek Trail to Charit Creek Lodge, around Twin Arches loop. We stayed the night around Jack's Place then caught the Charit Creek Horse Trail to Black House Branch and back down to Bandy Creek Campground. Moderate to strenuous hike.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Awesome trail! Amazing arches! Stairs can be a little challenging but otherwise an easy hike. Well maintained trail and easy to follow.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Beautiful arches, great hike

Monday, September 14, 2015

Loved this hike! I like hikes with a destination and this one was unique and worth going the steps. Go slow on the stairs and enjoy the gorgeous arch formations! Not a long hike, but we were still tired as it was our second hike for the day and involved quite a few stairs.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Great hike! The rock formations are amazing, and the view from the top of the arches is a must see!

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